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  • Screening Process for 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 (Grades K-5)

    **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**

     

    Fall Semester 2020-Primary Gifted & Talented Interventionists will provide learning experiences to all kindergarten students that are designed to elicit gifted behaviors and responses in young students. 

     

    November 2, 2020- Referral period opens for students in grades 2-5 (this is the only referral period for these grade levels for the 2020-2021 school year).  

    Access parent referral form-English  **link currently inactive

    Access parent referral form-Spanish  **link currently inactive

    Access parent referral form-Vietnamese  **link currently inactive

     

    November 17, 2020-GATE Program identification information meeting for 2-5 grade parents 6:30-7:30 pm 

     

    November 19, 2020- GATE Program identification information meeting for 2-5 grade parents 6:30-7:30 pm

     

    December 1-3, 2020- Level I Screening-Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) given as a universal screener to all first grade students in their classrooms.

     **first grade students receiving remote instruction at this point in the school year may request CogAT screening in a small-group testing situation at a BISD location during the months of December/January.  Check this website for updates**

     

    December 11, 2020- Referral period for 2-5 grade students closes at 4:00 pm.

     

    January-March, 2021- Level I & II Screening (aptitude & achievemet testing as needed) for all referred 2-5 grade students.  **This site will be updated with further details closer to the test dates**

     

    January 11, 2021-Referral period opens for students in grades K-1 (this is the only referral period for these grade levels for the 2020-2021 school year).  See links at the bottom of this timeline for referral forms.

    Access parent referral form-English  **link currently inactive

    Access parent referral form-Spanish  **link currently inactive

    Access parent referral form-Vietnamese  **link currently inactive

     

    January 26, 2021-GATE Program identification information meeting for K-1 grade parents 6:30-7:30 pm

     

    January 28, 2021-GATE Program identification information meeting for K-1 grade parents 6:30-7:30 pm

     

    February 5, 2021- Referral period for K-1 grade students closes at 4:00 pm.

     

    February-April, 2021-Level I & II screening (aptitude & achievement testing as needed) for all referred K-1 grade students.  **This site will be updated with further details closer to the test dates**

     

    April 2021- GATE Placement Committees are held for all screened K-5 referred students.   Committee members will recommend students whose data indicates that GT services are the most effective way to meet their learning needs for GATE services.  GATE services will begin 2021-2022 school year.

     

    May 2021- Parent Meeting regarding GATE services for newly recommended students.

     

    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.  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.  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 may 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.

     

     

     

  • GATE Placement Committee Decision Appeal Process

    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 Coordinator of Gifted Services 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.

    • The original GATE Placement Committee meets, considers additional information, makes a decision, and notifies the parent in writing.  **Due to current COVID-19 district closure, the GATE Placement Committee will be unable to meet regarding appeals until the district is reopened.  GATE Placement Committees will meet for Level I appeals after the first six weeks of instruction once the district is reopened.