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.
Students who were identified as gifted in their prior district and whose previous district’s Gifted and Talented identification process measures abilities comparable to DSISD’s assessment requirements will be placed in the DSISD Gifted and Talented program.
Students who were identified as gifted in their previous district and the prior districts assessment procedures does not meet DSISD’s Gifted and Talented 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 Gifted and Talented 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 Gifted and Talented Assessment Committee. Gifted and Talented 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 Gifted and Talented 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.
SUMMER TESTING PROCEDURES
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 Gifted and Talented Guidelines and Procedures.
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 2019-20 school year.
*Update to Kindergarten testing window: An early assessment window has been added for kindergarten referrals ONLY. Kindergarten students who are referred for Gifted and Talented testing by January 15, 2020 will be assessed and a committee will meet to determine placement into the Gifted and Talented program prior to March 1, 2020. Kindergarten students who qualify for Gifted and Talented during this early assessment window will begin receiving Gifted and Talented services on March 1, 2020.
Kindergarten students who are referred after January 15, 2020, and all other students (1st-12th grades) who have been referred during the spring referral window (dates listed below), will be assessed and a committee will meet to determine placement into the Gifted and Talented program by the first week of May 2020. Students (K-12) who qualify for Gifted and Talented during this assessment window will begin receiving Gifted and Talented services in August 2020.
Gifted and Talented Referral Requests
All referral requests should be submitted by completing the forms linked below.
Elementary Gifted and Talented Specialists
DSES/WSES - Kari Potter, 512.465.6281
RSES/SSES - Clancy Fry, 512.465.6274
DSISD Gifted and Talented Coordinators
Michael Kryszak, 512.858.3906
Mandy Turner, 512.858.3081