Gifted and Talented
Dripping Springs ISD is committed to ensuring the most appropriate educational setting for each student. Our Gifted and Talented (GT) Program is designed to meet the needs of students who exhibit significantly advanced intellectual ability. The program provides appropriately differentiated curriculum presented in a way that offers greater depth, more complex content, and extensive enrichment activities designed to challenge Gifted and Talented-identified students.
Dripping Springs ISD has established a thorough assessment process to identify students and ensure they are placed appropriately into the program.
Students must first be referred for Gifted and Talented consideration. This is an open system with recommendations accepted from principals, teachers, parents, guardians, students (both self and peer), psychologists, counselors, librarians, administrators, and community members.
Parents/Guardians must complete the referral form found at the bottom of this page for permission for assessment for the Gifted and Talented program.
Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment
All students referred for Gifted and Talented assessment will complete a testing process. Testing instruments are approved by the district, are aligned with best practices, and are appropriate to the student’s grade level. Parent and teacher evaluations may be included in the assessment process.
Parents and teachers rate the student on a variety of areas including vocabulary, expression, mastery levels, critical thinking, reasoning skills, reading level, observation skills, and problem-solving.
The assessment results are evaluated by the Dripping Springs ISD Gifted and Talented Assessment Committee. The committee may consider additional evaluation criteria including student portfolios, anecdotal information, and other relevant data. The Gifted and Talented Assessment Committee makes the final determination as to whether or not the student is accepted in the Gifted and Talented program.
A student new to the district identified as gifted by a previous school district will be assessed through the district gifted and talented transfer assessment procedures in order to qualify for the DSISD Gifted and Talented Program.
Students transferring from one campus to another within DSISD will be appropriately placed in the DSISD Gifted and Talented Program at the accepting school with no interruption of services.
When a student withdraws from Dripping Springs ISD and enrolls in another district, DSISD will provide for the new district the student’s assessment data and a letter stating that the student participated in the DSISD Gifted and Talented Program.
SUMMER TESTING PROCEDURES
Any student new to DSISD as of January 1, 2021 is eligible for summer testing. Students who qualify will begin services at the beginning of the upcoming school year or at an appropriate time as determined by the campus principal in consultation with the parent or guardian.
The summer testing referral window will open on March 26, 2021 and testing will take place July 27-29, 2021.
DISTRICT ASSESSMENT WINDOWS
Gifted and Talented assessment process for the new school year will begin after the first few weeks of school for all campuses. Below is the testing window for assessments performed during the 2020-2021 school year.
**UPDATE: The Elementary Assessment Committee will meet May 14, 2021 to review Spring referral data.
Gifted and Talented Referral Requests
All referral requests should be submitted by completing the forms linked below.
Summer 2021 Referral Forms
Fall 2021 Referral Forms
Elementary Gifted and Talented Specialists
DSES/WSES - Kari Potter, 512.465.6281, firstname.lastname@example.org
RSES/SSES - Clancy Fry, 512.465.6274, email@example.com
DSISD Gifted and Talented Coordinators
Mandy Turner, 512.858.3081, firstname.lastname@example.org