Elementary (K-4) GT Service Plan
Referral Period: Teachers will begin referring students for GT testing at the end of the school year that is immediately previous to the school year in which testing will take place. All referrals will be tracked in a district-wide spreadsheet. Students will also be screened using their MAP scores from any testing session according to FISD GT qualification policies. Parents may refer their children for GT testing starting in the fall. The referral period for 2nd and up will close on the last Friday in September. The Kindergarten and 1st grade referral period will end at the end of the fall semester.
Testing Period: Once the referral window has closed, the testing window will open. Students will take a series of tests and their scores will be recorded in the district-wide spreadsheet. All 2nd and up testing will be concluded by Thanksgiving break. Kindergarten & 1st grade testing will conclude by spring break.
Qualification for Services: Students that earn qualifying scores on multiple measures will qualify for GT services and will begin receiving those services in the spring semester (2nd+) or after spring break (K & 1st). Students will not need to requalify each year.
K-4 Service Plan
- Starting in 2020-21, 1st & 2nd grade GT students will be given the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Academics Fine Arts Academy (AAFAA) at Blackburn Elementary. This program will grow in 2021-22 to include incoming kindergarten and 3rd-grade students and reach full capacity with 4th-grade students in 2022. For more information about the AAFAA, click here.
- GT students can also choose to participate in the Dual Language Academy at Criswell Elementary. For more information about the Dual Language Program, click here.
- All other GT students will receive most of their services through a weekly GT pull-out time at their home campus. During this time, students will
- participate in activities that incorporate Depth & Complexity
- learn and engage in the research and presentation process (completed projects will be shared at the semi-annual GT Showcase nights)
- receive interventions in social and emotional development
- Click here to see the enrichment activities that GT students will be doing in-person. The link goes to a Canvas course that is only accessible via a Forney email address (ie. students, teachers, staff).
- Some campuses will also make use of a clustering model in their core academic classes.
- Both models provide students with the opportunity to work with gifted peers, general education students, and independently throughout the school year.
- All GT students will have the opportunity to participate in STEAM Camps during the summer for further skill, interest, and/or talent development.
- All GT students will have the opportunity to participate in Credit by Examination (CBE) at parent request. Email your campus counselor for more information.
For more detailed information, please refer to the Forney ISD GT Handbook.