Screening Process for 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.
The referral deadline for 2018-2019 K-5 grade GATE referrals closed at 4:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 16th 2018.
2018-2019 Screening Timeline
October 10, 2018- Referral period opens for students in grades K-5 (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 23, 2018-GATE Program identification information meeting for parents at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum, 6108 Broadway Ave., Haltom City, TX 76117 6:30-7:30 pm.
October 25, 2018-GATE Program identification information meeting for parents at the Fine Arts & Athletic Complex (FAAC), 9200 Mid Cities Blvd., NRH, TX 76180 6:30-7:30 pm.
November 16, 2018- Referral period closes at 4:00 pm.
November 27-29, 2018- Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) given as a universal screener to all first grade students.
January-February, 2019- Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) administered to referred kindergarten & second grade students on their home campuses; Iowa Asessments (achievement test) given as needed to referred kindergarten students.
January 28-February 1, 2019- Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) given to referred 3-5 students at central HUBS. View schedule for testing. (If your child receives Special Education Services or is protected under 504, separate testing arrangements may be made if necessary).
February-March 2019- Aptitude and achievement testing given as needed for referred first and second grade students.
March 1, 2019- GATE Placement Committees meet to determine placements for referred kindergarten students. Parents will be notified via US mail the following week. GATE services for identified kindergarten students will begin in March.
March 4-8, 2019-Iowa Assessments (Achievement testing) is given as needed for referred 3-5 students at central HUBS (If your child receives Special Education Services or is protected under 504, separate testing arrangements may be made if necessary).
April 2019- 1-5 grade Identification completed and parents notified via US mail. GATE services for identified 1-5 grade students will begin 2019-2020 school year.
May 2019- Parent Meeting for newly identified GATE students.
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 Stacye Onstott, the Elementary GT Specialist. Contact Stacye Onstott here. 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.
If a student is not recommended for GATE services by the GATE Placement Committee, a parent, student, or Birdville ISD personnel, may request a formal reconsideration of the decision if one of the following four criteria are met:
- The home language of the student is not English, and there is evidence that this has impacted the results of the screening process.
- The student has a disability as identified through the ARD or 504 committee that may have an impact on the screening process.
- There is documented evidence that the student was experiencing emotional stress during the screening process due to a life change (ie divorce, death of a close family member, etc...)
- The student meets the criteria on two or more of the screening measures.
Level I: Formal Concern
- Parent, student, or Birdville ISD personnel must file a formal appeal to the Elementary GT Specialist within 10 district business days of the receipt of the GATE Committee’s decision, or if received during the summer, within the first 15 days of the school year. Click here to file a Level I formal appeal.
- GATE Committee meets, considers additional information, makes a decision, and notifies the parent in writing within 10 district business days. If the appeal is received in the last 10 days of school, the GATE Committee will meet regarding the appeal at the start of the following school year.
Level II: District-Level Appeal
- If parent, student, or Birdville ISD personnel is unsatisfied with the decision of the GATE Committee, he/she must file a formal appeal with the Director of Advanced Academics within 10 district business days following the receipt of the committee decision. No new information may be presented to the district level committee that was not presented to the original GATE Placement Committee. Click here to file a Level II District-Level Appeal
- District appeal committee will meet and notify the parent within 10 district business days of rendering a decision. If the appeal is received in the last 10 days of school, the District appeal committee will meet regarding the appeal at the start of the following school year.