GT Assessment & Eligibility

  • Handbook
    CISD GT Appeals Process
    GT Appeal 

    Coppell ISD Gifted and Talented Services are designed to provide an academically challenging education for learners who perform or show the potential to perform at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to other learners of the same age, experience, or environment, and:  

    • Exhibit high performance in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
    • Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or 
    • Excel in a specific academic field (mathematics or language arts)

    Elementary (Grades Kinder through Fifth)

    At the elementary level, the screening process for Gifted Services is ongoing and universal in every grade K-5.  

    All kindergarten learners are assessed to determine whether they exhibit a need for Gifted Services.  Parents will receive information about the assessment process through an emailed link at the beginning of the school year with information regarding the assessment process and the continuum of services available through Gifted and Talented services for identified elementary learners.  Once annual screenings are completed, notification letters will be sent home to parents/guardians and learners identified as requiring GT Services will begin participation during the second semester (by March 1st).  

    Universal screening for Gifted and Talented Services also occurs during the fall of third grade and fifth grade for all learners enrolled in a CISD Elementary school.  The district utilizes a standardized assessment as part of the identification process at these grade levels, and testing is scheduled in the month of October.  An email with specifics for testing week will be sent to all third and fifth grade families prior to the testing window. The scores from the assessment will be sent home with learners prior to the Thanksgiving break and are one of at least three data points gathered on each learner in the screening process.   Please note: In order to protect the integrity of the assessment process for identification of a need for specialized instruction through GT Services, we do not release the name of the standardized assessment or the form of the assessment we utilize.

    Learners in fourth grade who were not assessed in third grade may be referred by an educator or a parent for assessment.  The window for parent referrals may be found on the district assessment calendar. Once standardized assessment has been completed and at least two additional data points have been gathered on learners who were referred for assessment, parents will be notified whether their learner has been identified as needing GT services.  Identified learners will be served upon receiving parent consent. Please note: learners who are referred for assessment outside of the 5 universal screening opportunities provided by the district are not eligible for assessment at the next grade level with their peers due to validity parameters of the standardized assessment utilized by CISD as part of the assessment process.  

    Secondary (Grades 6th-12th)

    Assessment opportunities are made available for middle school and high school learners enrolled in CISD once per semester, however, learners may only test once per year.  Learners in 6th-12th grades who have not yet been identified as requiring Gifted and Talented Services may be referred for assessment by an educator or a parent. The window for accepting parent referrals for GT assessment may be found on the district assessment calendar.  

    Learners are assessed initially utilizing a standardized assessment and then additional data points are gathered to determine a need for GT services.  Please note: In order to protect the integrity of the assessment process for identification of a need for specialized instruction through GT Services, we do not release the name of the standardized assessment or the form of the assessment we utilize.  If a learner is identified as needing GT services, he or she will begin those courses at the start of the next academic year.

    New Students to CISD

    Transfers from GT Services 

    Families new to CISD whose learner(s) have previously been served by Gifted and Talented Services (or the equivalent) in a previous school district will be transferred into CISD Gifted and Talented Services for one semester on a probationary basis.  During that time, data will be gathered on the learner’s performance to determine whether CISD Gifted Services is an appropriate instructional placement for the learner.

    Parents must provide documentation that their learner(s) was served in Gifted Services in the previous school district upon registration at the learner’s new CISD campus.  

    Please contact the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Deana Dynis, at if you have any further questions regarding parent referrals for Gifted and Talented Assessment.