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 GT-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 GT consideration. This is an open system with referrals 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 GT program.

    Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment
    All students referred for GT 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.

    Parent/Teacher Evaluation
    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 GT Assessment Committee. The committee may consider additional evaluation criteria including student portfolios, anecdotal information, and other relevant data. The GT Assessment Committee makes the final determination as to whether or not the student is accepted in the GT program.


    Students who were identified as gifted in their prior district and whose previous district’s GT identification process measures abilities comparable to DSISD’s assessment requirements will be placed in the DSISD GT program.

    Students who were identified as gifted in their previous district and the prior districts assessment procedures does not meet DSISD’s GT identification requirements will be administered the NNAT 3 as a screening instrument. Students meeting the district standard on this screening assessment will be placed in the appropriate GT program immediately.

    Students new to the district identified as gifted in their previous district who do not qualify based on comparable assessments or by score on the screening instrument may be referred for further assessment according to the district assessment guidelines and the GT Assessment Committee. GT assessment for previously identified new students will be completed within six weeks of enrollment and placement will be adjusted as determined by the campus/district GT committee.

    Incoming transfer students should present any prior testing paperwork from their previous district when requesting testing for our gifted and talented program, specifically CogAt and NNAT scores.




    For the 2019-2020 school year, the DSISD Gifted and Talented Department is offering a summer referral and testing opportunity for first through twelfth grade (1-12) students that are new to DSISD as of January 1, 2019. 

    The summer referral window will open on May 23, 2019 and will close on July 31, 2019. Summer testing will take place August 7th, 8th, & 9th. 

    If your student(s) was enrolled in DSISD after January 1, 2019 and you are interested in referring them for the Gifted and Talented Program, please access the Summer Referral Form below starting May 23, 2019.

    For more information regarding the details of summer referral and testing, please visit our DSISD GT Guidelines. 



    GT 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 2019-20 school year.  
    GT Guidelines

    GT Furlough Form


    GT Timeline  


    GT Referral Requests

    All referral requests should be submitted by completing the forms linked below. 

    Please note: The GT assessment process for kindergarten students will not take place until January of 2020.


    GT Student Fall Referral Form Grade 1- Grade 12

    GT Spanish Referral Form Grade 1 - Grade 12 



    Elementary GT Specialists

    DSES/WSES - Kari Potter, 512.465.6281
    RSES/SSES - Clancy Fry, 512.465.6274

    DSISD GT Coordinators

    Michael Kryszak, 512.858.3906 
    Mandy Turner, 512.858.3081