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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.  

      

     

    2019-2020 Screening Timeline (Grades 1-5)

    October 21, 2019- Referral period opens for students in grades 1-5 (this is the only referral period for the 2019-2020 school year).  See links at the bottom of this timeline for referral forms.

     

    November 5, 2019-GATE Program identification information meeting for parents 6:30-7:30 pm.  **Location TBD

     

    November 7, 2019-GATE Program identification information meeting for parents 6:30-7:30 pm  **Location TBD

     

    November 22, 2019- Referral period for 1-5 grade students closes at 4:00 pm.

     

    December 3-5, 2019- Level I Screening-Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) given as a universal screener to all first grade students in their classrooms.

     

    January-February, 2020- Level I & II Screening-Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) & Iowa Assessments administered to second grade students on their home campuses

     

    January 27-31, 2020-Level I Screening-Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) given to 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).

      

    March 2-6, 2020-Level II Screening-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 2020- 1-5 grade Identification completed and parents notified via US mail.  GATE services for identified 1-5 grade students will begin 2020-2021 school year.

     

    May 2020- Parent Meeting for newly identified GATE students.

     

    GATE Parent Referral Form Grades 1-5 English (link will become active on October 21, 2019)

    GATE Parent Referral Form Grades 1-5 Spanish (link will become active on October 21, 2019)

    GATE Parent Referral Form Grades 1-5 Vietnamese (link will become active on October 21, 2019)

     

    2019-2020 Screening Timeline (Kindergarten)

    **During the first semester, Primary Gifted & Talented Interventionists visit all kindergarten classrooms multiple times.  During these visits, the interventionists teach a lesson designed to elicit gifted behaviors and responses in young students.  

     

    January 7, 2020-Referral period opens for kindergarten students (this is the only referral period for the 2019-2020 school year).  See links at the bottom of this timeline for referral forms.

     

    January 21, 2020-GATE Program identification information meeting for parents 6:30-7:30 pm.  **Location TBD

     

    January 23, 2020-GATE Program identification information meeting for parents 6:30-7:30 pm.  **Location TBD

     

    January 31, 2020-Referral period for kindergarten closes at 4 pm.

     

    February 2020-Level I Screening-Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) administered to referred kindergarten students on home campuses

     

    March-April 2020-Level II Screening-Iowa Assessments administered to referred kindergarten students on home campuses.

     

    May 2020-Kindergarten Identification complete.  GATE services for identified kindergarten students will begin 2020-2021 school year.

     

    GATE Parent Referral Form Kindergarten English (link will become active on January 7, 2020)

    GATE Parent Referral Form Kindergarten Spanish (link will become active on January 7, 2020)

    GATE Parent Referral Form Kindergarten Vietnamese (link will become active on January 7, 2020)

     

     

     

    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.

     

     

     

  • 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 within 10 district business days.  If the appeal is received in the last 10 days of school, the original GATE Placement 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 original GATE Placement Committee, he/she must file a formal appeal with the Director of Curriculum & Instruction and 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.