Screening Process for Secondary Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Services
Birdville ISD follows the Texas State Plan for Gifted Education and uses multiple measures when screening students for GATE services. Both quantitative and qualitative measures are collected as a part of the two-level screening process.
Level I screening includes the collection of Parent and Teacher observations as well as the administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). At least two measures from Level I screening must indicate a need for GATE services in order for a student to move to Level II screening, which includes the administration of the Iowa Assessments. Not all students who participate in Level I screening will participate in Level II screening.
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 as well. Students whose data reflects that gifted/talented services will be the most effective way to meet their identified educational needs may be recommended for GATE services.
Students can be screened for GATE services once per school year following the timeline below.
2020-2021 Screening Timeline
**Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, this timeline is subject to change depending on restrictions put in place at state and local levels. Updates to this timeline will be published on this website**
October 13, 2020- Referral period opens for students in grades 6-12
(this is the only referral period for the 2020-2021 school year).
October 30, 2020- Referral period closes at 4 pm.
November 1-December 11, 2020- Testing window for students in grades 6 - 12. Academic coaches and deans will schedule testing times on each campus for referred students.
**students who are on campus receiving face to face instruction will be tested on campus. Students who are receiving remote instruction will schedule an appointment for testing at the Plaza**
January-February 2021 - 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 transfers to Birdville ISD that was identified for gifted and talented services in a previous district, that student will be screened for GATE services after verification of the GT identification from the previous district. Data from the previous district that is less than two years old may be considered by the GATE Placement Committee. If data is more than two years old, new data will be collected to determine if gifted services are appropriate. If your child is a transfer student, please contact Stacye Onstott, Coordintor of Gifted Services. Email Stacye Onstott. 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. If a student was identified for GATE services at one Birdville campus and transfers to another Birdville campus, that student will continue to receive GATE services.
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.