All students in kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to be assessed for Gifted and Talented (G/T) identification in La Vernia ISD through a referral process. The identification process will be accomplished in three stages:
- Referral of students for G/T services
- Assessment of students using appropriate measures and instruments utilizing multiple data sources
- Selection of students for whom G/T services is an appropriate educational placement
All campuses in La Vernia ISD provide services for students who have been identified as Gifted and Talented (G/T). Students may be identified as G/T in general cognitive abilities, creativity/artistic ability, or leadership. The G/T program in La Vernia ISD provides services in general intellectual ability. Efforts are made to encourage the development of specific-academic ability, creativity and leadership gifts while enriching academic achievement.
For a student to be identified as G/T, data from several quantitative and qualitative criteria are collected and assessed. Quantitative criteria may include, but is not limited to, the following: verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal reasoning and specific academic achievement assessments. Qualitative criteria may include, but is not limited to, the following: a parent survey, a teacher survey and/or observation, and a portfolio of student work, if applicable.
The information is reviewed by the G/T selection committee at each individual campus and students are recommended for services based on evidence of giftedness. This committee may be comprised of campus administrator(s), a counselor(s), and/or teacher(s) who have received training in the nature and needs of gifted students. This identification process is in accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.
Assessment procedures are designed to assure that all students, including those with special needs, those from different cultures, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are provided equal access to the G/T program. Instruments will be chosen with the goal of allowing students to display optimal performance. Students will be assessed in languages they understand or with nonverbal assessments. Other instruments may be added as the need arises with the approval of the campus selection committee. Three or more measures are used to determine the recommendation for gifted/talented services as an appropriate educational placement.
To refer a student to be assessed for Gifted and Talented services, please complete the La Vernia ISD Student Referral Form for Gifted and Talented Services found on the district website and return it to the campus counselor of the student who is being referred.
Questions? Please contact Jackie Simmonds, Coordinator of Advanced Academics and College & Career Readiness at firstname.lastname@example.org or 830-779-6600