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FISD Gifted Program

Farmersville ISD provides a variety of services for academically gifted students. Anyone may nominate a student for the program at the period of annual referrals. Referral forms are available in each campus office or on the Helpful Documents, Forms, Links page of this website and may be submitted to the campus office any time between November 1 - November 30.

Assessment and Identification for the Gifted Program

All Kindergarten students are tested mid-year and are entered into the program in Spring if they qualify. First grade students new to the district may be assessed at parent or teacher request during the Fall. First graders who did not qualify for the program in Kindergarten are not retested due to state procedures for Gifted Education. Students in second grade and up may be assessed at parent or teacher request during the Fall.

Students are assessed with a minimum of three criteria in a combination of qualitative and quantitative instruments. They may include nationally normed school abilities tests, nationally standardized normed achievement tests, and Teacher and/or Parent Rating Scales. These assessments are collected to create a student profile to identify the student's strengths and weaknesses. Each student's profile is individually evaluated by the Gifted Committee through a blind (no name) process. A student clearly qualifies for Gifted services if the majority of the evidence on the profile falls within the High and/or Superior ranges on the profile.

FISD DEFINITION AND GOAL FOR SERVICES

Farmersville Independent School District's Definition of Gifted

Farmersville ISD defines gifted as any child or youth in grades K-12 who performs at, or shows the potential for performing at, a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who excels in one or more specific academic fields: math, science, language arts, and/or social studies.

Farmersville Independent School District's Goal for the Gifted Services

Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment and that reflect individuality and creativity. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will produce products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.