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Interested in finding out the process for indentifying GT kids in CISD? Podcast

August 27, 2009

Join Todd Kettler, CISD Director of Advanced Academics, on September 2, 2009 at Town Center Elementary at 7p for a discussion about the process of identifying gifted kids at the elementary level. For more information, please see the flyer that was distributed to all elementary schools.

There are some changes this year regarding when an elementary student can apply for consideration to the GT program. As always, a parent or teacher may nominate a student for the Coppell Gifted and Talented program. Information and forms may be obtained from the school counselor. Students are automatically screened in kindergarten and third grade. The test results are reviewed by the campus G/T Screening Committee (GTC) to determine those students who qualify or those needing further screening measures. District-wide testing is conducted at grade 3 during the month of September each school year. These students are given the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) and Performance Series assessment. Kindergarten students are given the CogAT in late November or early December of each year.

However, if a student does not qualify in grades K or 3rd, a parent may nominate a student for the Gifted and Talented program in grades 1, 2, 4 or 5. Parents are allowed a nomination per school year except in Kinder and 3rd. This is a change in policy from last year, 2008-09.

The deadline for returning forms:
Grades 4-5 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
Grades 1-2 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

Click the link below to hear a podcast of this discussion. Mr. Kettler’s voice is slighly distorted because he was speaking loudly so all of the 300+ people in attendance could hear him. I apologize for this and hope we will better be able to capture his voice at future events.


Now that you know how students qualify for the GT program at CISD, are you interested in what the GT program is all about? Please join us for the State of Gifted Education with Todd Kettler on September 23 at the CHS Lecture Hall at 7pm.

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