Spring Branch Independent School District

2016-2017 Gifted and Talented Identification Process


Spring Branch ISD provides a comprehensive continuum of services (K-12) that is responsive to the needs, interests, and abilities of gifted and talented students. The Gifted and Talented Program identifies and serves the special educational needs of students with advanced learning abilities in language arts/social studies, and/or mathematics/science.

Parents who would like to refer their child for screening must provide permission for assessment and complete a Parent Referral Form. Parent Referral Forms are available in the front office of the school, or by contacting Lynne Luberger, Counselor at lynne.luberger@springbranchisd.com.  You may also download and print the Elementary Referral Form from the Advanced Academic Studies web page. The due date for this year is October 7th.

Completed Parent Referral Forms must be returned to Lynne Luberger, Counselor, no later than October 7, 2016.  Please note that no late referrals can be accepted.

  Parents considering referring their child for screening are encouraged to attend the Parent Awareness Meeting on September 21th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the SBISD administration building. Parents may also view a power point explaining the characteristics of gifted students and the identification process by following the link below.



Important Information about the GT Identification Process

Planned Experiences

SBISD implements three standardized screening activities in every classroom K-5. These are short, educational activities that teachers will incorporate into their lesson plans. By doing the activities with all students, teachers will be screening all students for possible referral for the GT program. Regardless of performance on these activities, parents may refer their children for the GT program. The assessment of these activities will be combined into one measure to be included in the GT identification process.

Two-Step Process

SBISD has developed a two-step identification process to efficiently assess students’ needs for the services provided by the Gifted and Talented Program. Level 1 is the first step of the process. Data in Level 1 of the process will be collected for every student referred for the GT program. This step includes collecting data from:

·         students through the Planned Experiences mentioned above,

·         teachers through a standardized behavioral inventory,

·         and from parents through the parent inventory.  

A student must have at least one score that meets the GT standard in Level 1 to continue in the identification process. Students who have no scores meeting the GT standard in Level 1 will not continue in the identification process and will not be tested.

Level 2 is the second step of the identification process. Level 2 includes the administration of nationally standardized, norm-referenced tests. This testing will take place during the school day. The district identification committee will review the data collected for all students who completed Level 2 of the process to determine which students’ data indicate the need for GT services.

Level 3 evaluation is by invitation only based on extremely high tests score from Level 2. This evaluation is used to determine if a student qualifies for the Highly Gifted Program.

Honor Scores for Two Years

Last year our district tested all SBISD students in grades 2nd to 7th.  This year all second grade students will be tested in our district in December for NRT.  Parents should still submit a parent referral form for second graders.   If you are new to our district you may submit an application for GT consideration.  Referred students in kindergarten and first grade will be tested in December, if they are identified as a level 2 candidate. 

SBISD will honor test scores for two years, beginning in 1st grade. The publishers of standardized tests clearly indicate that the scores are representative of a student’s ability for a two-year period. For this reason, we will honor a student’s scores acquired through the GT identification process for two years. This does not include Kindergarten students. Students may be referred each year, but the previous year’s test scores will be utilized.


2016-2017 GT Identification Process Timeline

September 21th – Community GT Awareness Meeting

SBISD Administration Building        6:00-7:30 pm              955 Campbell Road

October 7th – GT Referral Deadline – Parent Referral Forms due to Lynne Luberger, Counselor. 

No late referrals can be accepted due to timeline constraints.

November 14th – Level 1 parent notification letters mailed. 

This letter will be mailed to all parents of students that were referred indicating whether the child will continue in the screening process and take the standardized tests.

November 21st – December 9th – Level 2 testing of only those students who qualified in Level 1.  

All students in second grade that are level 2 and any new student to our district that has been identified as a Level 2 student.

February 17thNotification to parents regarding Level 2 mailed

February 27th – Kindergarten services begin for students who qualified for services

March 27th- School for the Highly Gifted School application window OPENS

April 13th- School for the Highly Gifted School application window CLOSES

May 1st– School for the Highly Gifted Students Lottery

May 8th- All GT appeals due to counselor

May 26th – Appeals notification mailed to parents 


More information can be found on the Advanced Academic Studies website or by contracting our counselor at lynne.luberger@springbranchisd.com.

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