Identification and Screening Process

    Nomination 2


    Students may be nominated for the gifted and talented program at any grade level by teachers, counselors, parents, or other interested persons. Contact shall be made with nominated students and/or their parents to determine interest in pursuing the program further.



    Written parental consent shall be obtained before any assessment is conducted as part of the screening and identification process. All student information collected during the screening and identification process shall be an educational record, subject to the protections set out in Dallas ISD Board policy.



    Criteria to identify gifted and talented students shall be established in the Board-approved program for the gifted and talented. The criteria shall be specific to the state definition of gifted and talented and shall ensure the fair assessment of students with special needs, such as the culturally different, the economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities.


    Data collected through both objective and subjective assessments shall be measured against the criteria approved by the Board to determine individual eligibility for the program.  Assessment tools may include, but are not limited to, the following: achievement tests, intelligence tests, creativity tests, behavioral checklists completed by the teacher and the parents, student/parent conferences, and student work products. 



    A selection committee shall evaluate each nominated student according to the established criteria and shall select those students for whom gifted program placement is the most appropriate educational setting. The committee shall be composed of at least four professional educators who have received training in the nature and needs of gifted students and shall be established at the elementary level and at the secondary level.



    Parents and students shall be notified in writing upon selection of the student for the gifted program. The District shall obtain written permission of the students’ parent before a student is placed in a gifted program.


    Students who are unable to remain within the structure of the Gifted and Talented Program may be placed on furlough (temporary leave) by the campus "Selection Committee" without being exited from the program.
    The District shall monitor student performance.  If at any time the selection committee determines it is in the best interest of the student and his or her educational needs, the committee may exit a student from the program.  If a student or parent requests removal from the program, the selection committee shall meet with the parent and student before honoring the request.  An ARD committee must be convened for a student with an IEP.

    A parent or student may appeal any final decision of the "Selection Committee" regarding continuation in or exit from the gifted and talented program.  Appeals shall be made first to the selection committee.  Any subsequent appeals shall be made in accordance with FNG(LOCAL) beginning at 'Level Two'.


    The Nomination Process for Gifted/Talented Services