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Testing Dates for Kindergartners
Gifted/Talented Testing Dates for 1-11
About the Program
Referrals for AIM
Questions About the Gifted/Talented Program
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Gifted/Talented Testing Dates for Kindergarten
During the fall semester,
Kindergarten students will be observed in a variety of activities.
Nominated students will be tested in the winter. Classes will begin no
later than March 1st.
Parents may nominate their children
once each year for the program. The facilitators and kindergarten
teachers at each campus are available to answer specific questions.
Gifted/Talented Testing for 1-11
Students currently enrolled in
Terrell ISD in grade 1-11 may be nominated by parents, educators,
counselors, administrators or community members. Testing is scheduled during the
fall and spring semester.
Based on overall performance on the
criteria, the selection committee identifies students who qualify for
placement in the program. Please visit the
Frequently Asked Questions
for more specific information.
About the Program
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Terrell Independent School District
recognizes the individual differences in abilities, needs and interests
of the school population it serves. A sound instructional program for
TISD students includes provision for gifted and talented learners.
These students can benefit from instruction that develops and challenges
their unique capabilities in an atmosphere that fosters creativity and
productivity. Recognizing that gifted students possess distinct
characteristics and needs, Terrell ISD commits itself to provide a
quality, optimal educational experience for each gifted and talented
Students are clustered with G/T trained educators and meet with their
G/T teacher once a week through a pull-out program. Students
receive instruction in critical thinking, problem solving, decision
making, and creative thinking. Interdisciplinary units are created
around the core academic areas.
Grades 7-12: Student
schedules include Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement classes
in the core academic areas. Students
have opportunities to present acquired knowledge through a wide variety
of non-traditional, as well as traditional means.
Referrals for AIM
members, school administrators or community members may refer students
for the TISD AIM program at any time. Students at the elementary levels
may be nominated throughout the year and will be tested once per school
year. If you would like to nominate your child for
the program, please call Bronwyn Vaughan, Gifted/Talented Coordinator,
Frequently Asked Questions About The
Gifted/Talented Program in Terrell
I am new to Terrell, and my child was identified
as being gifted in another state/district in Texas. Is he/she
automatically placed into your gifted program?
Each district/state establishes guidelines/parameters for
identification of gifted students. Therefore, each district/state
has the ability to assess a student who is new to the district. In
Texas, districts are asked to complete the assessment within
six weeks. In Terrell, we require thorough documentation of prior
testing and determine the placement of the student based on the provided
How many students are accepted
There is no specific number of
students, the AIM Program accepts all who qualify.
Does my child have to re-qualify
as he/she moves from elementary school to middle school?
No. Unless the program is not
meeting the needs of an identified student, he/she remains in the gifted
program from one grade to the next and from one school to the next.
How are elementary gifted
Identified gifted students are
clustered together in groups of 3-5 with educators who have received
their 30 hour G/T state training. These teachers work to individualize
differentiated instruction for the students when it is appropriate or
deemed necessary. These students are also served through a pull-out program
with a GT Facilitator. The facilitators are trained
specialists who guide students through a myriad of experiences that
develop/reinforce problem-solving strategies and creative thinking
If I need information about how
to nominate my child for testing, who do I contact?
The Gifted and Talented Coordinator
is Bronwyn Vaughan. She may be reached at Long Elementary,
972-563-1448 ext. 4057 or by email: