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GT Assessment & Referral Window
Posted 01/14/2019 08:51AM

Dear Parents and Guardians,

MISD strives to provide challenging and appropriate instruction to all students in the district. For this reason, the district screens all 2nd grade students with a cognitive assessment to determine if a Gifted and Talented learning need is present. However, students are eligible to take the test in other grades as well with a teacher or parent referral.

If you are considering a referral for your child, please look at the link below comparing a “bright student” versus a “gifted student.” If your child demonstrates 10 or more characteristics in the “gifted student” column, your child may show the potential for benefiting from a GT program.

Please know that referring your child for GT testing is a process that happens over the course of several weeks. After the initial referral, your child will take a 3 part cognitive abilities assessment. (Please note, the assessment is approximately 2 hours long and is computer-based. Your child will be responsible for any work missed during the assessment session.) Secondly, you and your child’s teacher will each complete a survey focused on the observed academic behaviors that your child demonstrates in and out of class. Finally, your campus GT review committee will meet together to look at all data to determine if placement in the GT program is appropriate.

The GT parent referral window for grades 5 & 6 is from January 22-February 8, 2019. If you would like to refer your child, please email your campus GT Specialist at for more information.


MISD Advanced Academics Department

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