FARMERSVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR ACADEMICALLY GIFTED STUDENTS

 
FARMERSVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR ACADEMICALLY GIFTED STUDENTS
FARMERSVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                 POLICY AND PROCEDURES
                     FOR ACADEMICALLY GIFTED STUDENTS
                                                 2019-2020
                                                Revised: 7/29/2019

                                              School Board Approved

Nondiscrimination

Farmersville ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, economic status, sex,
or disability in providing education services, activities, and programs, including vocational programs in
accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of
1972; and Section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                               CONTENTS

STATE GOAL FOR SERVICES FOR GIFTED STUDENTS ............................................................................................................ 3

STATE DEFINITION OF GIFTED/TALENTED STUDENT ......................................................................................................... 3

FARMERSVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT'S DEFINITION OF GIFTED ......................................................... 3

FARMERSVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT'S GOAL FOR THE GIFTED SERVICES .................................... 4

IDENTIFICATION PROCEDURES AND PROCESSESS: K-12 .................................................................................................... 5

ADDITIONAL POLICES AND PROCEDURES .................................................................................................................................. 9

PROVISION OF STUDENT SERVICES .......................................................................................................................................... 10

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ONGOING TRAINING IN GIFTED EDUCATION ........................................... 11

PROGRAM EVALUATION .................................................................................................................................................................... 12

FARMERSVILLE ISD GIFTED PROGRAM FORMS...................................................................................................................... 13

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STATE GOAL FOR SERVICES FOR GIFTED STUDENTS

Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed
learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative
products and performances that are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or
environment and reflect individuality and creativity. High school graduates who have participated in
services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality
as part of their program services.

                                                    -Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students

                STATE DEFINITION OF GIFTED/TALENTED STUDENT

§ 29.121. DEFINITION: In this subchapter, "gifted and talented student" means a child or youth who performs at,
or shows the potential for performing at, a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of
the same age, experience, or environment and who:

 (1) Exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;

 (2) Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or

 (3) Excels in a specific academic field.

                                                    Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., Ch. 260, § 1, eff. May 30, 1995.

                 FARMERSVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT'S
                            DEFINITION OF GIFTED

Farmersville ISD defines gifted as any child or youth in grades K-12 who performs at, or shows the
potential for performing at, a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the
same age, experience, or environment and who

    Excels in one or more specific academic fields: math, science, language arts, and/or social studies

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FARMERSVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT'S
                        GOAL FOR THE GIFTED SERVICES

Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed
learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative
products and performances that are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or
environment and that reflect individuality and creativity. High school graduates who have participated in
services for gifted students will produce products and performances of professional quality as part
of their program services.

PROGRAM GOALS FOR THE GIFTED SERVICES K-12

1. IDENTIFICATION - Identify students in grades K-12 who demonstrated an academic need for
gifted services using the criteria established by the district, approved by the board, and in compliance
with the state mandates.

2. SELF-DIRECTED LEARNERS - Develop the students' capacities to become self-directed and to
be confident in their ability to research and process information and to create and communicate their
findings as they produce and present advanced-Ievel products or performances as well as products
and performances of professional quality at the high school exit level.

3. COMPLEX THINKING SKILLS - Enhance and refine the abstract and complex thinking and
reasoning of these students through more sophisticated creative and critical thinking activities as they
reflect and refine their own thinking processes.

4. APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES - Provide students with multiple opportunities to
participate in learning experiences using advanced content (within the four core areas) which are
defensibly differentiated in depth, complexity and range through modification to content and/or process
and/or product. Students will be able to work independently, with groups of other gifted students, and
with groups of non-gifted peers.

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IDENTIFICATION PROCEDURES AND PROCESSESS: K-12

Farmersville Independent School District has board approval on the identification procedures and
processes of students K-12 for the services of the Gifted Program. These procedures meet state
requirements (§29.121 & TAC 89.1) and have been designed to ensure the identification of any student
who demonstrates educational need for the services of the program under the established guidelines.

TEXAS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE §89.1: STUDENT ASSESSMENT

School districts shall develop written policies on student identification that are approved by the local
board of trustees and disseminated to parents. The policies must:

  (1)   Include provisions for ongoing screening and selection of students who perform, or show
        potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment in the areas defined in the
        Texas Education Code, §29.121;

  (2)   Include assessment measures collected from multiple sources according to each area defined
        in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students;

  (3)   Include data and procedures designed to ensure that students from all populations in the district
        have access to the assessment process and, if identified as having significant educational need
        for advanced academics, services for the gifted/talented program;

  (4)   Provide for final qualification of students (through a blind process) to be made by a committee
        of at least three local district educators who have received training in the nature and needs of
        gifted students; and

  (5)   Include provisions regarding furloughs, reassessment, exiting of students from program
        services, transfer students, and appeals of district decisions regarding program placement.

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DISTRICT IDENTIFICATION TIMELINE

Kindergarten
Referral procedures published on district website                               August-September

Initial assessments for all Kindergarten students                                   November
Additional screenings and assessments conducted after written parental
                                                                               December-February
permission obtained
Gifted Committee meets on kindergarten screenings                                   February
Written parental permission for services obtained for identified students in
                                                                                Upon Identification
grades K-12
Services begin for identified gifted students                                   Upon Identification

First Grade
Referral procedures published on district website                               August-September
Referrals accepted from parents, teachers, and community members for
                                                                                    November
students new to FISD (not screened in Kindergarten)
Screenings and assessments conducted after written parental permission
                                                                               November-December
obtained
Written parental permission for services obtained for identified students in
                                                                                Upon Identification
grades K-12
Services begin for identified gifted students                                   Upon Identification

2nd - 5th Grades
Referral procedures published on district website                               August-September
Referrals accepted from parents, teachers, community members                        November
Screenings and assessments conducted after written parental permission
                                                                               November-December
obtained
Written parental permission for services obtained for identified students in
                                                                                Upon Identification
grades K-12
Services begin for identified gifted students                                   Upon Identification

Secondary
Referral procedures published on district website                               August-September
Referrals accepted from parents, teachers, community members                   September-November
Written parental permission for services obtained for identified students in
                                                                                Upon Identification
grades K-12
Services begin for identified gifted students                                   Upon Identification

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DISSEMINATING INFORMATION

Anyone may nominate a student for the program at the period of annual referrals listed on the timeline
above. Referral forms are available in each campus office and/or on the district web site. Referral
forms may be submitted to the campus office only during the time period of referral acceptance. Late
referrals will not be accepted. The screening instruments will match the program's services.

Parents are informed of the identification policies and procedures through the district or campus
handbook, the district website, and/or by request of the written policy and procedures for the Gifted
Program.

REFERRAL PROCESS

Referrals can originate from teachers, parents or community members during the referral period.
Students are nominated with a formal referral sheet to be given to the campus office. Written parent or
guardian permission is required to screen/assess a student. If a parent does not want his/her child to
be screened, this information will be documented.

SCREENING/ASSESSMENT PROCESS

A student profile is used to collect date of those students who perform, or show the potential for
performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment relative to their age, peers, experience, or
environment. The profile will reflect a minimum of three (3) criteria used in the assessment. The
criteria used will be a combination of qualitative and quantitative instruments and may include:

   • School Abilities Test such as the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT), The Cognitive Abilities
     Test (CogAT), or other nationally normed school abilities tests as deemed appropriate for the
     student;

   • Achievement Test such as the Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT), the Terra Nova
     achievement test, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), the Measurement of Academic Progress
     (MAP), or other nationally standardized normed achievement tests as deemed appropriate for
     the student;

   • Teacher and/or Parent Rating Scales will be collected to provide the qualitative data, or other
      rating scales as deemed appropriate for the student.

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QUALIFICATION PROCESS

The student profile identifies the student’s strengths and weaknesses. The percentiles and/or scores
from the assessment instruments are plotted on the student profile. Each student's profile is individually
evaluated by the Gifted Committee through a blind (no name) process. A student clearly qualifies for
gifted services if the majority of the evidence on the profile falls within the High and/or Superior ranges
on the profile. The decision is based on the committee's observation of the preponderance of the
evidence on the student's profile.

The Gifted Committee consists of at least three district educators. All committee members have been
trained in nature and needs of gifted students. The Gifted Committee makes a professional judgment
based on the recorded student profile data. As the committee evaluates the data on the students
nominated, the committee has two options:

    • The preponderance of profile data indicates the student exhibits educational need and would
       benefit from the services offered in the Gifted Program.

    • There is insufficient evidence in the documentation at this time indicating the student's
       educational needs would best be met by the Gifted Program. The preponderance of evidence
       indicates the student’s educational needs would best be served with the services of the regular
       curriculum.

Once the identification process is complete, parents or guardians are notified of the Gifted Committee’s
decision via U.S. Mail within ten school days. Parents of all screened students may request a
conference to discuss ways the student’s educational needs will be met in the regular classroom.
Request should be made through the student’s home campus.

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ADDITIONAL POLICES AND PROCEDURES

TRANSFER OF STUDENTS

All students who have participated in gifted programs prior to coming to Farmersville ISD may be
considered for FISD’s Gifted Program. Once screening records are received from the student’s
previous district, the records will be examined for correspondence to Farmersville ISD’s criteria. If the
transfer data is insufficient, Farmersville ISD will assess the student to see if placement in the program
is in the student’s best interest. A decision will be made regarding qualification within 30 school days of
the receipt of the student’s gifted assessment results from the previous district.

APPEALS PROCESS

Once the identification process is complete, parents or guardians are notified of the results via U.S.
Mail within 10 school days of the committee’s decision. A parent or staff member may appeal an
identification decision by writing an appeal letter to the Gifted Committee after the committee has
issued letters documenting its qualification decisions. The appeal letter must be postmarked within 10
business days of receipt of the parent/guardian letter written indicating the committee’s initial decision.

FURLOUGH PROCEDURE

A furlough is a temporary "leave of absence" from the Gifted Program designed to meet the individual
needs of an identified student. Anyone may request a furlough: parent, student, teacher, or
administrator. Requests for a furlough will be given to the campus administrator and members of the
Gifted Committee for consideration. A student may be furloughed for a period of time deemed
appropriate by the Gifted Committee. At the end of the furlough, the student's progress shall be
reassessed, and the student may re-enter the Gifted Program, be removed from the program, or be
placed on another furlough. Furloughs are designed to be short-term and temporary and should never
be used for an entire school year. Furloughs will extend for a semester in length.

A furlough does not indicate a permanent exiting of the program. Furloughs could be utilized for a
variety of extenuating circumstances. Any student may be granted a furlough from the program for
various issues such as over commitment, family concerns, serious illness, or any other circumstances
which would inhibit or curtail the student's performance in the program. The furlough may also be used
prior to a formal exit from the program for those students who are unable to maintain satisfactory
performance within the learning opportunities of the Gifted Program. A furlough might also provide the
student an opportunity to attain performance goals established by the Gifted Committee. A furlough is
arranged to meet the individual needs of the student.

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RE-EVALUATION

Farmersville ISD will evaluate identified gifted students at the end of the 5th and 8th grade levels to
determine appropriate program and class placement when a student moves from the elementary level
to the junior high school level and then to high school. If there is any concern regarding the
performance or placement of the student, the teacher, counselor, or the Gifted Program Coordinator
will contact the parent and confer about available options. Options available are counseling, requesting
a furlough, or exiting the student from the program.

EXIT

Student performance in the program shall be monitored. A student shall be removed from the program
at any time the Gifted Committee determines it is in the student's best interest, has failed one or more
sections of state assessments or EOC, and a furlough has been ineffective. If a parent requests their
child be removed from the program, the Gifted Committee shall grant the request. Once a student is
exited from the program he/she must adhere to the identification procedures and exhibit educational
need to be readmitted.

                                  PROVISION OF STUDENT SERVICES
Farmersville Independent School District offers a variety of learning experiences and opportunities for
gifted students in grades K-12 which are comprehensive, structured, sequenced, and appropriately
challenging. These services include, but are not limited to, integrating Depth and Complexity into the
curriculum, requiring advanced level products and performances, and allowing identified gifted students
the opportunity to work with other identified students. Student progress/performance in response to
services is periodically assessed using standards in the areas served, and results are communicated to
parents/guardians.

TEXAS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE §89.3. STUDENT SERVICES

School districts shall provide an array of learning opportunities for gifted students in kindergarten
through Grade 12 and shall inform parents of the opportunities. Options must include:

  (1)   Instructional and organizational patterns that enable identified students to work together as a
        group, to work with other students, and to work independently;

  (2)   A continuum of learning experiences that leads to the development of advanced-level products
        and performances as well as differentiated strategies in the regular classroom and the Pre-AP
        and AP classrooms;

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(3)   In-school and, when possible, out-of-school options relevant to the student's area of strength
        that are available during the entire school year; and

  (4)   Opportunities to accelerate in areas of strength.

A continuum of learning experiences will be provided in the gifted services which lead to the
development of advanced-level products and/or performances, and address the social and emotional
needs of gifted students and their impact on student learning. Such services may include use of
acceleration and flexible pacing, scheduling modifications, adaptations or modifications of curriculum,
depth and complexity elements, differentiation of content, process and/or product in the regular or Pre-
AP/AP classroom, a pull-out program, participation in regional gifted student seminars, independent
studies, participation in the Texas Performance Standards Project, concurrent or dual-enrollment
classes, and other services as deemed appropriate for the student. Services are available in all four
core academic areas including Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Identified students
will work independently, with other identified students, and with students of other abilities.

Documentation of services will be maintained and parents will be notified of in-school / out-of-school
options, special opportunities during the school year that are relevant to the needs of the gifted
students, and the opportunity to participate in a parent association and/or gifted/talented advocacy
groups. Progress reports may be included in the student’s report card. Credit by Examination is
available through Region10 Education Service Center to assist students in acceleration through
classes and/or grade levels. For more information on Credit by Examination, contact the student’s
campus.

                           PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND
                        ONGOING TRAINING IN GIFTED EDUCATION

Farmersville Independent School District is committed to providing its staff with appropriate and
meaningful professional development which enables the staff to meet the unique and individual
educational needs of all students including services for gifted students. It is important that all staff who
are responsible for formally servicing these students obtain appropriate training for educating the gifted
child. The district will require at least the minimum hours of training as mandated by the state:

TEXAS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE §89.2. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  1. Prior to assignment in the program, teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part
      of the program and any of the four core academic content areas for gifted students have a
      minimum of 30 hours of staff development that includes nature and needs of gifted students,
      assessing student needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted students;
  2. Teachers without training required in paragraph (1) of this section who provide instruction and

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services that are part of the gifted program must complete the 30-hour training requirement
      within one semester;
  3. Teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the program for gifted students
      receive a minimum of six hours annually of professional development in gifted education; and
  4. Administrators and counselors who have authority for program decisions have a minimum of six
      hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted students and
      program options.

A written plan for professional learning in the area of gifted/talented education that is based on
identified needs and input from gifted services staff is implemented and updated annually. Evaluation of
professional learning activities for gifted education is ongoing and related to state teacher
gifted/talented education standards, and the results of the evaluation are used in making decisions
regarding future staff development plans. Teachers are encouraged to obtain additional professional
learning in their teaching discipline and/or in gifted education.

                                         PROGRAM EVALUATION

Farmersville ISD will annually evaluate the Gifted Program by surveying all stakeholders including
students, parents/guardians, and teachers. In addition, the program evaluation includes analysis of
demographic data to ensure that the population of the Gifted Program is closely reflective of the
population of the total district and/or campus. The evaluation data will be presented to the school board
and will be used as a needs assessment to be addressed in the district/campus improvement plans.

The district policies and procedures are reviewed and recommendations for improvement are made by
an advisory group of community members, parents of gifted students, school staff, and gifted education
staff, who meet regularly for that purpose. District and Campus Improvement Plans include provisions
to improve services for gifted students.

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FARMERSVILLE ISD GIFTED PROGRAM FORMS

  Identification

  Referral period announcement                                 Page 14

  Referral Form                                                Page 15

  Parent Permission for Testing                                Page 16

  Parent Observation Form                                     Page 17-18

  Teacher Observation Form                                     Page 19

  Student Profile Sheet and Committee Action                   Page 20

  Determination of Educational Need Form                      Page 21-22
  Program Services

  Evaluation of Program Services: Parent Survey (English)     Pages 23-24

  Evaluation of Program Services: Parent Survey (Spanish)     Pages 25-26

  Evaluation of Program Services: Gifted Educator Survey      Pages 27-28

  Furlough from Services                                       Page 29

  Exit from Services                                           Page 30
  Personnel Responsibilities

  Rubric for 30-hour Required Professional Development         Page 31

  District Coordinator Checklist                               Page 32

  Campus Administrator Checklist                               Page 33

  Gifted Teacher Checklist                                     Page 34

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Farmersville Independent School District
                          Gifted Program: Public Announcement of Referral Period

Public Notice

Farmersville ISD is now accepting referrals for students who may need gifted services for the school
year. This program is designed for students who exhibit intellectual and academic skills/thinking
abilities at an extraordinary level not normally served in the regular classroom. Services are provided
only upon identification of education needs of the student. Anyone wishing to refer a student attending
Farmersville ISD in kindergarten through twelfth grade this school year is asked to go by the student’s
campus office and request a copy of the referral form. This form must be returned to the school by
_________________. Those unable to go by the school should call ____________________ to
request a form be sent to them.

                     NOTIFICACION PÚBLICA DE PERIODO DE RECOMENDACIÓN

Notificación Pública

El Distrito Independiente de Farmersville está aceptando recomendaciones para estudiantes que
necesiten servicios para niños dotados durante este año. El programa está diseñado para alumnos
que exhiben habilidades intelectuales y académicas a un nivel extraordinario el cual no se puede
atender en un salón de clases regulares. Servicios serán provistos a base que el estudiante sea
identificado. Quien desee recomendar a un estudiante quien asista el Distrito Escolar de Farmersville
en grados Kínder a doceno grado puede venir a la oficina y pedir la forma de recomendación. La forma
deberá ser devuelta a la escuela para ______________________. Quienes no puedan venir a la
escuela podrán pedir una al número de teléfono ________________________y se le enviara una
forma a casa.

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Farmersville Independent School District
                                          Gifted Program: Referral Form

Date / Fecha: _____________________

Child to be Referred / Niño que se remitirán: _________________________________________

Grade / Grado: __________

I would like to refer the student named above for the      Me qustaría referir al estudiante nombrado
gifted screening and assessment process. I believe         anteriormente para la detección de dotados y
this child has an extraordinarily high level of            proceso de evaluación. Creo que este niño tiene un
intellectual or academic ability and that his/her          nivel extraordinariamente alto de la capacidad
educational needs can best be met by Gifted                intelectual o académico y que sus necesidades
Services. I understand the school district will make       educativas se pueden alcanzar mejor por servicios
every effort to determine the best possible                dotados. Entiendo que el distrito escolar hará todo
educational services based on the student’s                lo posible para determinar los mejores servicios
educational needs.                                         posible, basados en las necesidades educativas del
                                                           estudiante.

Sincerely,                                                 Atentamente,

Signature of Person Making Recommendation                  Firma de la persona que hace la Recomendación

I am the child’s:                                          Al niño soy
     Parent / Guardian                                           Padre / Tutor
     Teacher                                                     Maestro/a
     Community Member                                            Miembro de la Comunidad

.

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Farmersville Independent School District
                                 Gifted Program: Permission for Testing Form

Date / Fecha: _____________________

Child’s Name/Nombe del niño: ______________________________                         Grade/Grado:__________

Dear Parent / Guardian,                                  Estimado padre / tutor,
Your child has been referred for testing to determine    Su hijo ha sido remitido una prueba para comprobar
if he/she would benefit from Gifted Services for         si él/ella se beneficiaría de Servicios para
Farmersville ISD. To receive proper services, your       Estudiantes dotados de Farmersville ISD. Para
child will need to be assessed. The Gifted               recibir los servicios adecuados, tenemos que
Committee will look at numerous pieces of                evaluar a su niño. El Comité Dotados mirará
information before eligibility for services can be       numerosas piezas de información antes de ser
established. After the student is tested and the         elegible para los servicios se pueden estar
Gifted Committee has evaluated all information by a      establecido. Después de que el estudiante está
blind process, the Committee will determine what is      examinado y el Comité Dotados ha evaluado toda la
best for your child based on your child’s assessment     información por un proceso ciego, el Comité
data. You will receive written notification of the       determinará lo que es mejor para su hijo basándose
decision made by the committee.                          en los datos de evaluación de su hijo. Usted recibirá
                                                         una notificación por escrito de la decisión tomada
Please return this form to your child's teacher by       por el comité.
__________ if you would like the school to assess
your child. Thank you for your cooperation.              Por favor devuelva este formulario al maestro de su
                                                         hijo por __________ si usted desea a la escuela
                                                         para evaluar a su hijo. Gracias por su cooperación.

Sincerely, /
Atentamente,

Gifted Program Teacher / profesor programa de dotados                     School / Escuela

Please sign and return this notice.
Por favor firme y regrese esta notificación.

        Yes, I give my permission for you to assess my child for Gifted Services.
        Sí, doy mi permiso para que usted pueda evaluar a mi hijo para Servicios superdotados.

        No, I do not wish to have my child tested at this time.
        No, yo no quiero que mi hijo sea evaluado en este momento.

Parent/Guardian / Padre/Tutor                            Date / Fecha

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Farmersville Independent School District ~ Gifted Program: Parent Observations
Student: _____________________________                 Gr / Teacher: ____________________________                 Date: __________

Your child has been referred for testing for the Gifted Program. Please complete the survey and return it to your child’s teacher, rating
all of the items below that describe your child. For any score of “More than Average” or “Highly Evident”, please provide
an example.
                                                                                                                         More
                                                                                           Not       Below               than     Highly
 Description                                                                              Evident   Average   Average   Average   Evident
 1. Knows what big words mean.
 Example:

 2. Talks a lot about topics that are advanced for his/her age.
 Example:

 3. Loves to read.
 Example:

 4. Asks a lot of questions about how things work, what words mean, how to
 research topics on the Internet.
 Example:

 5. Learns quickly and easily in school in reading & math.
 Example:

 6. Loves to tell jokes or stories.
 Example:

 7. Enjoys talking to adults about different topics.
 Example:

 8. Likes to have work perfect.
 Example:

 9. Loves to work on math problems.
 Example:

 10. Loves to work on science projects.
 Example:

 11. Displays excellent memory of details.
 Example:

 12. Likes to organize everything / other children.
 Example:

 13. Corrects others (including adults) about facts.
 Example:

 14. Is mature intellectually / academically.
 Example:

 15. Thinks of lots of ideas.
 Example:

 16. Tests well, but doesn’t complete classwork / homework.
 Example:

Thank you for being our partners to help your child’s intellectual and academic needs be met in our school. Please contact the school if
                                                         you have any questions.

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Farmersville Independent School District ~ Gifted Program: Parent Observations
Estudiante: ___________________________               Grado / Maestro(a): _____________________ Feche: __________

Su hijo ha sido referido para las pruebas para el Programa de Dotados. Complete la encuesta y entréguela a la maestra de su hijo,
calificando todos los elementos que se describen a continuación que describen a su hijo. Para cualquier puntaje de "Más que
promedio" o "Altamente evidente", por favor, proporcione un ejemplo. Para la calificación de "Más de lo normal" o "Muy
Evidente", Proporcione un ejemplo.

                                                                                  No       Por debajo                Más de       Muy
 Descripción                                                                   Evidente   del promedio   Promedio   lo normal   Evidente
 1. Sabe lo que significan las palabras grandes.
 Ejemplo:

 2. Habla mucho sobre temas que son avanzados por su edad.
 Ejemplo:

 3. Le encanta a leer.
 Ejemplo:
 4. Pide un montón de preguntas acerca de cómo funcionan las cosas, lo
 que significan las palabras, cómo investigar los temas del Internet.
 Ejemplo:
 5. Aprende con rapidez y facilidad en la escuela en lectura y matemáticas.
 Ejemplo:
 6. Le encanta contar chistes o historias.
 Ejemplo:

 7. Le gusta hablar a los adultos sobre los temas diferentes.
 Ejemplo:

 8. Le gusta tener trabajo perfecto.
 Ejemplo:
 9. Le encanta a trabajar en los problemas de matemáticas.
 Ejemplo:
 10. Le encanta a trabajar en proyectos de ciencia.
 Ejemplo:
 11. Muestra memoria excelente de detalles.
 Ejemplo:
 12. Le gusta organizar todo / otros niños.
 Ejemplo:
 13. Corrige otros (incluyendo adultos) sobre los hechos.
 Ejemplo:
 14. ¿Es maduro intelectualmente / académicamente.
 Ejemplo:

 15. Piensa de un montón de ideas.
 Ejemplo:
 16. Hace bien en pruebas, pero no se completa el trabajo de clase /tareas.
 Ejemplo:
Gracias por ser nuestros socios para ayudar a las necesidades intelectuales y académicas de su hijo se reunieron en nuestra escuela.
Por favor llámenos o envíenos un correo electrónico si usted tiene más preguntas.

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Farmersville Independent School District ~ Gifted Program: Teacher Observations
Student: _______________________________________               Gr / Teacher: _________________________ Date: ________

Your student has been referred for testing for the Gifted Program. Please complete the following survey, rating all of the items below
that describe this student. (Starred items correlate to the parent survey.)

                                                                                                                     More
                                                                                       Not       Below               than       Highly
          Description                                                                 Evident   Average   Average   Average     Evident
          *1. Uses an advanced vocabulary (compared to other students
          in the same grade).
          *2. Knows a lot of information that other students don’t know
          yet.
          *3. Loves to read (and share with you or others what he/she
          has read).
          *4. Asks a lot of questions about how things work, why things
          happen.
          *5. Learns quickly and easily in school in reading & math.
          5a. Understands the math or reading content before other
          students.
          *6. Tells (or “gets”) jokes or stories that other students don’t
          get. [Understands wordplay, makes abstract connections.]
          *7. Likes to talk to you or other adults about topics that other
          students are not ready for or interested in at this time..
          *8. Wants work to be perfect.
          *9. Loves math and understands math problems that other
          students don’t understand yet..
          *10. Knows a lot of science and history facts.
          *11. Displays excellent memory of details that other students
          don’t remember.
          *12. Likes to organize other students / is the leader.
          *13. Corrects you or other teachers about facts.
          *14. Seems more mature intellectually / academically than
          other students.
          *15. Shares a lot of creative ideas.
          *16. Tests well, even if they don’t complete classwork /
          homework.
          17. Gets good grades in his/her favorite subjects (but not
          necessarily all top grades).
          18. Works longer on a task that interests him/her than other
          students.
          19. Finishes classroom work quickly.
          20. Likes to work alone on academic work.
          21. Acts mature at times and immature at other times.
          22. Wants all things to be fair/follow rules.
          23. Displays lack of motivation to do extra work

                                                               Rating Totals:

The following information will also be taken into consideration. Please check all that apply:
          OTHER PROGRAMS                                                                                             No         Yes
          Is an English Language Learner (quickly understands English).
          Qualifies for free / reduced lunch.
          Has a brother or sister who is gifted.
          Qualifies for special education.
          Qualifies as 504, etc.

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Farmersville ISD Gifted Testing Profile and Committee Action

Student Name________________________________________                                              ID#_____________

Teacher _____________________________                                                              Grade __________

Date of Birth ____________________               Age at Testing _________         Date of Testing _______________

GT Assessment          5 points          4 points          3 points     2 points             1 point      0 points
  Achievement
                        99-96%           95-92%            91-88%       87-84%               83-80%      Below 80%
Test %-tile Score
Terra Nova
Assessment:
Reading
Terra Nova
Assessment:
Math

NNAT2

Parent
observations
Teacher
observations

A student must score a minimum of ______ points to qualify for the Farmersville Gifted Program. Nationally
normed test are used to assess each student’s performance in intellectual and academic areas. The appropriate
educational program will be provided based on this process. Each score is placed in the profile and then totaled.

Gifted Committee Meeting / Action Taken:                                                         Date: _____________

                                                    Qualified:          Did not Qualify:
                 Total Score

                                                   Reading /
                           Gifted Areas:       Social Studies               Math / Science

Parent contacted _____________                Teachers contacted _____________         PEIMS entry _____________
                     (date)                                           (date)                          (date)

____________________________             ____________________________           ____________________________
          Principal                                Counselor                                GT Teacher

____________________________             ____________________________           ____________________________
   Teacher Representative                            Other                                     Other

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Farmersville Independent School District
                            Gifted Program: Determination of Educational Need Form

Date / Fecha: _____________________

Child’s Name/Nombre del niño : __________________________________ Grade/Grado: __________

Dear Parent / Guardian,                                       Estimado padre / tutor,
After examining your child's assessment data and              Después de examinar los datos de evaluación de su
                                                              hijo y la evaluación de las necesidades educativas
evaluating your child’s specific educational needs, the
                                                              específicas de su hijo, el Comité de Identificación
Gifted Identification Committee has determined that the
                                                              Dotados ha determinado que las puntuaciones y
scores and profile data indicate your child exhibits
                                                              datos de perfil indican el niño presenta
educational need and would benefit from the
                                                              necesidades educativas y se beneficiaría de los
services offered in the Gifted Program.                       servicios que se ofrecen en el programa de
                                                              superdotados.

If you have any concerns over your child’s profile that you   Si usted tiene alguna preocupación sobre el perfil de
would like to discuss with the principal, please call the
                                                              su hijo que usted desea discutir con el director, por
school for an appointment.
                                                              favor llame a la escuela para hacer una cita.

Sincerely, /
Atentamente,

Gifted Program Teacher / profesor programa de dotados                     School / Escuela

Please sign and return this notice by:
Por favor firme y regrese esta notificación por:

         Yes, I give my permission for my child to participate in Farmersville ISD’s Gifted Program.
         Sí, doy mi permiso para que mi hijo participe en el Programa de Dotados de Farmersville ISD.

         No, I do not wish for my child to participate in Farmersville ISD’s Gifted Program.
         No, yo no deseo que mi hijo participe en el Programa de Dotados de Farmersville ISD.

Parent/Guardian / Padre/Tutor                                 Date / Fecha

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Farmersville Independent School District
                            Gifted Program: Determination of Educational Need Form

Date / Fecha: _____________________

Child’s Name/ Nombre del niño: __________________________________                  Grade/Grado: __________

Dear Parent / Guardian,                                       Estimado padre / tutor,
After examining your child's assessment data and              Después de examinar los datos de evaluación de su
evaluating your child’s specific educational needs, the       hijo y la evaluación de las necesidades educativas
Gifted Identification Committee has determined that           específicas de su hijo, el Comité de Identificación
there is insufficient evidence in the documentation at this   Dotados ha determinado que no hay evidencia
time indicating that your child’s educational needs would     suficiente en la documentación en este momento lo
best be met by the Gifted Program. The scores and             que indica que las necesidades educativas de su
profile data indicate that your child’s educational           hijo serían mejor recibidos por el Programa de
needs would best be served with the services of the           Dotados. Las puntuaciones y los datos del perfil
regular curriculum, and not in the Gifted Program.            indican que las necesidades educativas de su
However, your child may be referred for testing again next    hijo estarían mejor atendidas con los servicios
year for further evaluation.                                  del plan de estudios regular, y no en el
                                                              Programa de Dotados. Sin embargo, su niño
If you have any concerns over your child’s profile that you   puede ser referido para probar de nuevo el próximo
would like to discuss with the principal, please call the     año para una evaluación adicional.
school for an appointment.
                                                              Si usted tiene alguna preocupación sobre el perfil de
                                                              su hijo que usted desea discutir con el director, por
                                                              favor llame a la escuela para hacer una cita.

Sincerely, /
Atentamente,

Gifted Program Teacher / profesor programa de dotados                  School / Escuela

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Farmersville Independent School District
                          Gifted Program: Evaluation Questions - Parent Survey

Please complete the following questionnaire by checking a response for each question.

                                                                                                     Don’t
Student Assessment                                                                        Yes   No
                                                                                                     Know
Have you requested a copy of the board-approved written policy and procedures for
gifted student identification?
Does the above policy also address furloughs, re-evaluation, exiting of students from
services, transfer of students, and appeals?

Does the district take referrals and assess for identification at least once a year?

Are nominations taken for all grade levels K-12?

Does the district make accommodations for non-English speaking students when
testing?

Does the district use at least three (3) criteria in the assessment process?

Are nominations open to all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic
status, other identified exceptionalities, etc.?
Are kindergarten students nominated, assessed, and if identified provided services by
March 1?
                                                                                                     Don’t
Program Design                                                                            Yes   No
                                                                                                     Know
Do identified students have the opportunity each year to receive gifted services in the
four (4) core academic areas (math, language arts, science, social studies)?
Are parents informed each year concerning how their children are receiving G/T
services?

Do gifted students have the opportunity to work with other gifted students?

Are gifted services provided during the entire school year?

Are acceleration options available through Credit by Examination, Dual Credit, and
Early High School Graduation?
If the district provides services to Junior High and High School identified students
                                                                                                     Don’t
through Pre-AP, AP, challenge, honors, or dual-credit classes, does the teacher           Yes   No
                                                                                                     Know
provide differentiation through depth and complexity?
a. Math
Comments:
b. Science
Comments:
c. Social Studies
Comments:
d. Language Arts
Comments:

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If the district provides services to identified students through the regular classroom,              Don’t
                                                                                          Yes   No
does the teacher provide differentiation through depth and complexity?                               Know

a. Math
Comments:
b. Science
Comments:
c. Social Studies
Comments:
d. Language Arts
Comments:
                                                                                                     Don’t
Curriculum and Instruction                                                                Yes   No
                                                                                                     Know
Are students provided the opportunity to demonstrate skills in self-directed learning,
thinking, research and communication?
Is there a variety of challenging learning experiences provided which emphasize
content from the four (4) core academic areas (math, language arts, science, social
studies)?
Are identified students provided learning opportunities each year which lead to the
development of advanced-level products and performances?
                                                                                                     Don’t
Family-Community Involvement                                                              Yes   No
                                                                                                     Know
Are parents informed each year of the learning opportunities provided to their gifted
child?

Are parents included in the annual gifted program evaluation?

                                     Additional Comments/Suggestions

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Distrito Escolar Independiente de Farmersville
               Dotados Preguntas de Evaluación del Programa - Encuesta para Padres

Por favor de completar el siguiente cuestionario de chequear respuesta para cada pregunta.

                                                                                                    No lo
Evaluación de Estudiantes                                                                 Sí   No
                                                                                                     sé
¿Ha solicitado una copia de la política y procedimientos para la identificación de
estudiantes dotados escrito aprobado por la junta?
¿La política de arriba también se ocupan de permisos de salida, re-evaluación, que
sale de los estudiantes de los servicios, la transferencia de los estudiantes, y las
apelaciones?
¿El distrito toma referencias y evaluar para la identificación de al menos una vez al
año?

¿Se toman las nominaciones para todos los grados K-12?

¿El distrito hace acomodaciones para estudiantes que no hablan Inglés al probar?

¿El uso del distrito por lo menos tres (3) criterios en el proceso de evaluación?

¿Se abren las nominaciones para todos los estudiantes, independientemente de su
raza, origen étnico, condición socioeconómica, otras excepcionalidades identificados,
etc?
¿Están los estudiantes de kindergarten nominados, evaluados, y si estan
identificados, proveido con servicios antes del 1 de marzo?
                                                                                                    No lo
Diseño del Programa                                                                       Sí   No
                                                                                                     sé
¿Los estudiantes identificados tienen la oportunidad cada año para recibir servicios de
dotados en los cuatro (4) áreas académicas básicas (matemáticas, lenguaje, ciencias,
estudios sociales)?
¿Están los padres informados cada año con respecto a cómo sus hijos están
recibiendo los servicios GT?
¿Los estudiantes dotados tienen la oportunidad de trabajar con otros estudiantes
dotados?

¿Los servicios dotados proporcionan durante todo el año escolar?

¿Son las opciones de aceleración disponibles a través de crédito por examen, Crédito
Doble, y Graduación Temprana de Preparatoria?

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Si el distrito provee servicios a Junior High y High School identificado estudiantes a
                                                                                                     No lo
través de Pre-AP, AP, desafío, honores o clases de doble crédito, no el maestro            Sí   No
                                                                                                      sé
proporciona la diferenciación a través de la profundidad y la complejidad?
a.     Matemáticas
Comentarios:
b.    Ciencia
Comentarios:
c.     Estudios sociales
Comentarios:
d.    Artes del Lenguaje
Comentarios:
Si el distrito provee servicios a estudiantes identificados a través de la sala de clase
                                                                                                     No lo
regular, no el maestro proporciona la diferenciación a través de la profundidad y la       Sí   No
                                                                                                      sé
complejidad?
a.                Matemáticas
Comentarios:
b.               Ciencias
Comentarios:
c.                Estudios sociales
Comentarios:
d.               Artes del Lenguaje
Comentarios:
                                                                                                     No lo
Currículo e Instrucción                                                                    Sí   No
                                                                                                      sé
¿Están los estudiantes dieron la oportunidad de demostrar sus habilidades en el
aprendizaje autodirigido, el pensamiento, la investigación y la comunicación?
¿Hay una variedad de experiencias de aprendizaje desafiantes siempre que hacen
hincapié en el contenido de los cuatro (4) áreas académicas básicas (matemáticas,
lenguaje, ciencias, estudios sociales)?
¿Están los estudiantes identificados proporcionaron oportunidades de aprendizaje de
cada año, lo que conduce al desarrollo de productos de nivel avanzado y
actuaciones?
                                                                                                     No lo
Participación de la Familia en la Comunidad                                                Sí   No
                                                                                                      sé
¿Están los padres informados cada año de las oportunidades de aprendizaje previstos
para su niño dotado?

¿Están los padres incluidos en el annua l evaluación de programas dotados?

                                   Comentarios adicionales / Sugerencias

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Farmersville Independent School District
             Gifted Program Evaluation Questions - Gifted Educator Survey
Please complete the following questionnaire by checking a response for each question.

                                                                                                     Don’t
Student Assessment                                                                        Yes   No
                                                                                                     Know
Do you have access to the board-approved written policy and procedures for gifted
student identification?
Does the above policy also address furloughs, re-evaluation, exiting of students from
services, transfer of students, and appeals?

Does the district take referrals and assess for identification at least once a year?

Are nominations taken for all grade levels K-12?

Does the district make accommodations for non-English speaking students when
testing?

Does the district use at least three (3) criteria in the assessment process?

Are nominations open to all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic
status, other identified exceptionalities, etc.?
Does the district make placement decisions with a committee of at least three (3) local
educators who have received training in the nature and needs of gifted students?
Are kindergarten students nominated, assessed, and if identified provided services by
March 1?
                                                                                                     Don’t
Program Design                                                                            Yes   No
                                                                                                     Know
Do identified students have the opportunity each year to receive gifted services in the
four (4) core academic areas (math, language arts, science, social studies)?
Are parents informed each year concerning how their children are receiving G/T
services?
Do gifted students have the opportunity to work with other gifted students?

Are gifted services provided during the entire school year?
Are acceleration options available through Credit by Examination, Dual Credit, and
Early High School Graduation?
If the district provides services to identified students through the regular classroom,
does the teacher provide differentiation through depth and complexity?

Farmersville ISD Gifted Policy & Procedures                                                          Page 27
Don’t
Curriculum and Instruction                                                                  Yes   No
                                                                                                       Know

Are students provided the opportunity to demonstrate skills in self-directed learning,
thinking, research and communication?
Is there an array of challenging learning experiences provided which emphasize
content from the four (4) core academic areas (math, language arts, science, social
studies)?
Are identified students provided learning opportunities each year which lead to the
development of advanced-level products and performances?

Do the campus and district improvement plans address services to gifted/talented
students each year?
                                                                                                       Don’t
Professional Development                                                                    Yes   No
                                                                                                       Know
Are all teachers of the gifted required to attain the 30 hours of foundational training
before providing services? If the training is not available prior to assignment, the
teacher should receive the training during the first semester.
Do all teachers of the gifted receive a minimum of six (6) hours annually of professional
development in gifted education?
Do administrators and counselors have a minimum of six (6) hours of professional
development in the nature and needs of gifted students?
Does the district/campus evaluate the professional development activities for
gifted/talented education?

Does the district/campus evaluate the gifted program each year?
                                                                                                       Don’t
Family-Community Involvement                                                                Yes   No
                                                                                                       Know
Are parents given access, upon request, to the board-approved district policy and
procedures on student identification for the gifted program?
Are parents informed each year of the learning opportunities provided to their gifted
child?

Are parents included in the annual gifted program evaluation?

                                     Additional Comments/Suggestions

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Farmersville Independent School District
                           Gifted Program: Furlough from Gifted Services Form

Requested by: ______________________________                                 Date: ________________

Student’s Name: ____________________________                               Student’s Grade: _________

Length of Furlough Requested _________________

Reason for request:

Gifted Committee Decision:                               Date of committee meeting: _____________

                     _____ Furlough Granted              _____ Furlough Denied

Length of Furlough: __________________________                          Return date: _______________

Comments:

Signatures:

Student: ________________________                        Parent: ________________________________

Gifted Committee Members:

____________________________             ____________________________   ____________________________
          Principal                                Counselor                        GT Teacher

____________________________             ____________________________   ____________________________
   Teacher Representative                            Other                             Other

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Farmersville Independent School District
                              Gifted Program: Exit from Gifted Services Form
                                 To be Completed by Person Requesting Exit

Date: ___________________

Student’s Name: _________________________________________                          Grade Level: ____________

Person Requesting Exit: ________________________ Relationship to Student: ________________

Note: Once a student has been exited from Gifted services, the student is subject to referral and identification to
determine educational need for the program before readmission.

Reason for Exit Request:

Was a furlough from Gifted services considered and/or granted? _____________

Results of furlough? __________________________________________________________

Gifted Committee Decision:                                  Date of committee meeting: _____________

                     _____ Exit Granted                     _____ Exit Denied

Comments:

Signatures:

Student: ____________________________                            Parent: _____________________________

Gifted Committee Members:

____________________________             ____________________________           ____________________________
          Principal                                Counselor                              GT Teacher

____________________________             ____________________________           ____________________________
   Teacher Representative                            Other                                   Other

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Farmersville Independent School District
                             Gifted Program: Required Gifted 30-Hour Training

Educator Name ___________________________________________________

                                                      Available from
                       Class                                                    Date Completed
                                                       Region 10:

1. Nature and Needs of the Gifted                    Face-to-face or online

2. Assessing Student Needs for the Gifted
                                                     Face-to-face or online
Program

3. Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted
                                                     Face-to-face or online
Students 1

4. Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted
                                                         Face-to-face
Students 2

5. Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted
                                                     Face-to-face or online
Students 3

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Farmersville Independent School District
                District Gifted Coordinator Responsibilities
    August-September         November-December               Winter
New district faculty members providing        Place notice of referral for student       Conduct and/or oversee administration
Gifted services have secured the 30           assessment in local newspaper or on        of assessment instruments to
hours of G/T foundational required            school website. Notice should be           nominated students.
professional development. If this is not      available in English as well as Spanish.
possible, new faculty must obtain the
training within one semester.
Administrators and counselors who             Campus office should have referral         Kindergarten assessment should be
have authority to make program                forms available.                           completed by mid-February.
decisions, or assess students, should
have 6 hours of Nature and Needs of
the Gifted professional development.
Campus principals are provided with an                                                   Administer and collect surveys over
updated list of identified Gifted students.                                              Gifted services from teachers, students,
                                                                                         and parents. Aggregate data and
                                                                                         disseminate to superintendent, campus
                                                                                         administrators, school board, and
                                                                                         District Improvement Team.
Documentation of Gifted Services forms        Once the referral period has closed,
are disseminated to campus                    obtain written parental permission for
administrators.                               assessment of each student.
Annually establish means of informing         Maintain staff development records of
parents how students will receive             applicable staff.
services (meeting, letter, website).
Make copies of local Gifted policy and
procedures available at each campus
as well as The Texas State Plan for the
Education of Gifted Students
(http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/gted/
GTStatePlanEnglishAug05.pdf), and
upon request by individuals.
Check with PEIMS coding coordinator
to confirm correct coding of newly
identified students.
Check to confirm student profiles are
housed at each student’s campus.
Attend G/T Coordinator meetings at
Region 10 in September.

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