Notice of Advanced Academics/GT Assessment

  • HEB ISD follows the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students and uses multiple measures, both qualitative and quantitative, in the process of identifying a student’s need for gifted services. According to the State of Texas, a gifted and talented student is “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....”

    All students in grades K-3, whether attending traditional school or online learning, are considered for Advanced Academics and are included in screening activities, which are scheduled throughout the school year, according to the timetable below. If the GT Identification Committee determines a potential need for gifted services, the counselor will contact the family for consent to conduct further assessment.

    Although all K-3 students are considered and screened, there are a few screening activities which, by their nature, must be conducted in person. Families participating in online learning (OLO) who request testing for their student may request these activities be conducted in a small-group testing situation, following safety protocols, at an HEB location.

    If you wonder whether your student might have a need for gifted services, here are some resources you might review.

    Traits of Giftedness - The National Assocation for Gifted Children shares lists of cognitive, creative, affective, and behavioral traits that can be common in gifted individuals.

    Celebrate Your Child cards - These cards provide examples of certain characteristics that have been identified as important to a child’s school performance. You can download the original files and read more on the Connecting with Parents page of the Equity in Gifted/Talented Education website from the Texas Education Agency. The cards are available in Spanish on this page.

    If, after reviewing these common traits of gifted individuals, you feel that your student demonstrates gifted traits and meets the definition of gifted and talented used by the State as quoted in the first paragraph of this notice, you may complete the online form below in its entirety to have your student assessed for Advanced Academics. Students will be assessed according to the following schedule:

    • Kindergarten: December through February
    • Grade 1: November through April
    • Grade 2: January through April
    • Grade 3: November through February

    Request for Advanced Academics Assessment (Online Form)
    Deadline: December 4, 2020

    Students in grades 4-12 who have not previously been identified for the Advanced Academics program may be referred by teachers, parents, administrators, or may self-refer by contacting the school counselor. 

    If you have further questions, please contact your school counselor or the Coordinator of Advanced Academics.

    Cheryl Harris
    Coordinator of Advanced Academics and Global Initiatives