• Screening Process for  Secondary Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Services.


         Birdville ISD follows the Texas State Plan and uses multiple measures when screening students to recommend for GATE services.  Both quantitative and qualitative measures may be collected including:  aptitude (abilities) test scores, achievement test scores, and input from both parents and classroom teachers on observation of behaviors at school and at home.   All collected data is reviewed by a GATE Placement Committee of at least three committee members who have required GT training.  If a placement committee requests further information on a student, additional data may be collected and considered.  Students can be screened for GATE services once per school year following the timeline below.  


    2018-2019 Screening Timeline 

    October 10, 2018- Referral period opens for students in grades 6-12 (this is the only referral period for the 2018-2019 school year).  See links at the bottom of this webpage for links to referral forms.


    October 22, 2018-GATE Program identification information meeting for parents of students in grades 6 - 12 at the Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum from 6:30 - 7:30.


    November 2, 2018- Referral period closes at 4:00 pm.


    November 5 - December 21, 2018- Testing window for students in grades 6 - 12. Academic coaches and deans will schedule testing for each campus.


    January 2019 - GATE placement committees will meet to consider placement. Parents will be notified by letter on GATE placement decisions.



    Special Screening Situations

    Transfer students:  If a student enrolls in a Birdville ISD school that was identified and served in a GT program in his/her previous district, every attempt is made to screen and identify that student for GATE services within six weeks of verification of the placement.  Data from the previous district that is less than two years old can be considered by the GATE Placement Committee.  If data is more than two years old, new data will be collected to determine placement.  If your child is a transfer student, please contact the academic coach or dean on campus. Be certain to include:  child's name, child's current grade level, child's previous campus and district, and child's current home campus in Birdville ISD.


    Special Education students:  Data used to determine special education services for students can be used to help determine GATE placement as long as it is less than two years old.  


    Outside Test Scores:  GATE Placement Committees will consider test scores from assessments given outside the district as long as the testing occurred in a public or private educational setting.  GATE Placement Committees do not accept test scores from private assessments.