Waco Independent School District has board approved identification procedures and processes for students K-12 who require the services of the Gifted/Talented Program. These procedures meet state requirements (§29.121 & TAC 89.1) and have been designed to ensure the identification of any student who demonstrates educational need for the services of the program under the established guidelines.
Texas Administrative Code §89.1: Student Assessment.
School districts shall develop written policies on student identification that are approved by the local board of trustees and disseminated to parents. The policies must:
- Include provisions for ongoing screening and selection of students who perform, or show potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment in the areas defined in the Texas Education Code, §29.121;
- Include assessment measures collected from multiple sources according to each area defined in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students;
- Include data and procedures designed to ensure that students from all populations in the district have access to the assessment process and, if identified as having significant educational need for advanced academics, services for the gifted/talented program;
- Provide for final qualification of students (through a blind process) to be made by a committee of at least three local district educators who have received training in the nature and needs of gifted students; and
- Include provisions regarding furloughs, reassessment, exiting of students from program services, transfer students, and appeals of district decisions regarding program placement.
WACO ISD Identification Profiles for Grades K-12 include the following:
- Qualitative Measures
- Teacher Checklist
- Parent Checklist
- Other input as requested
- Quantitative Measures
- Test of Creative Thinking
- State Mandated Tests (Commended Performance)
Determination of need for services requires the preponderance of evidence at or above national norms for each measure.