BISD accepting gifted and talented referrals
The Burleson Independent School District is now accepting referrals for their gifted and talented services. Referrals will be accepted between Jan. 8 - Jan 26 and only students in grades second through 11th grade may be referred for testing.
“Students may refer themselves for testing; however, parent permission must be received in writing prior to the student being assessed,” BISD Director of Advanced Academics & Counseling Stacy Sturlin said. “Any person with knowledge of the student may submit a referral. Since teachers are trained in identification and needs of gifted learners, referrals most often come from them.”
Each student referred is scored for multiple criteria, including both qualitative and quantitative measures. The criteria also includes achievement tests, cognitive ability tests, academic subtests and tests in creativity and teacher referral scales.
“Burleson ISD takes a holistic approach towards testing,” Sturlin said.
Sturlin said the final decision for program placement is made by a committee at the campus level.
As for the transition into the program, Sturlin said “students with a demonstrated need for gifted and talented services typically thrive in the program.”
“They have unique social, emotional and academic needs that can be met through the curriculum and experiences provided to them in the program,” she continued.
The gifted and talented services also gives students the opportunity to help them as they progress into their high school career and beyond.
“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 reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience or environment.” Sturlin said. “High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.”
Once students qualify for gifted services, they remain in the program. If a student moves to a different campus they will remain in the program and if they move to a different district, Sturlin said they are typically reevaluated for services based on program design and qualification criteria.
“Every effort is made to encourage the development of creative and leadership gifts while enhancing academic achievement,” Sturlin said.
The week after school gets out for summer, parents will receive notification in the mail on whether or not the student qualified for the program.