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Gifted & Talented
Dripping Springs ISD is committed to ensuring the most appropriate educational setting for each student. Our Gifted and Talented (GT) Program is designed to meet the needs of students who exhibit significantly advanced intellectual ability. The program provides appropriately differentiated curriculum presented in a way that offers greater depth, more complex content, and extensive enrichment activities designed to challenge GT-identified students. 

Dripping Springs ISD has established a thorough assessment process to identify students and ensure they are placed appropriately into the program.

Students must first be referred for GT consideration. This is an open system with referrals accepted from principals, teachers, parents, guardians, students (both self and peer), psychologists, counselors, librarians, administrators, and community members.
Parents must complete the referral form found at the bottom of this page for permission for assessment for the GT program.

Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment
All students referred for GT assessment will complete a testing process. Testing instruments are approved by the district, are aligned with best practices, and are appropriate to the student’s grade level. Parent and teacher evaluations may be included in the assessment process.

Parent/Teacher Evaluation
Parents and teachers rate the student on a variety of areas including vocabulary, expression, mastery levels, critical thinking, reasoning skills, reading level, observation skills, and problem-solving.

The assessment results are evaluated by the Dripping Springs ISD GT Assessment Committee. The committee may consider additional evaluation criteria including student portfolios, anecdotal information, and other relevant data. The GT Assessment Committee makes the final determination as to whether or not the student is accepted in the GT program.

Students who were identified and participated in a GT program in their prior district will be administered a screening instrument, which measures nonverbal reasoning and general problem-solving abilities, within one week of registration if requested during the school year. GT assessment for the new year will begin during the second week of school for all campuses.

Students meeting the district standard on this assessment will be placed in the appropriate GT program immediately.

Students not meeting the district standard on the initial screening assessment may be referred for further assessment according to the district assessment guidelines. GT assessment for transfer students will be completed within six weeks of enrollment and placement will be adjusted and determined by the campus/district GT committee.

Incoming transfer students should present any prior testing paperwork from their previous district when requesting testing for our gifted and talented program, specifically CogAt and NNAT scores.

GT assessment for the new school year will begin during the second week of school for all campuses. Below is the testing window for assessments performed during the 2017-18 school year. The GT testing referral window for the upcoming school year for elementary campuses ends on March 24, 2017, and May 1, 2017, for secondary campuses. Parents wanting their child to have the first day of school GT start date must refer them by spring deadline dates.
GT Guidelines 2017-18

GT Furlough Form

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GT Referral Requests
The deadline for GT referrals for the 2017-18 start of school has passed. See the District Assessment Window above for testing dates for 2-17-18. The referral link for GT assessment of DSISD students will be displayed below starting August 1.

GT "transfer students" (students new to DSISD who were in a GT program in their previous district) may fill out the Transfer Student referral form below. All other assessment requests will be recognized through the referral link that will be accessible in August.

GT Student Transfer Form 
GT Student Transfer Form  (Spanish)

DSES/WSES - Kari Potter, 512.465.6281
RSES/SSES - Kelly Garner, 512.465.6274
DSISD Coordinator - Wendy Middleton, 512.858.3406

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