EXPO Referral Process and Important Dates
Identification of students is conducted, not to label students as gifted, but rather to locate students who have specific needs which can be more effectively met through differentiated instruction in the EXPO program. Students may only be referred once during a 12 month period.
Nominations may come from faculty, parents, community members or self-nomination. Persons nominating students must complete a general referral form and submit it to the school office or the campus EXPO specialist during open referral times only. This will begin the process of data collection from various sources regarding the child's ability and potential. After the referral is received at the campus, a packet of information will be sent to the parents and teachers.
The identification and selection of students for participation in the program is determined by a three-step process:
The final placement decision is made by the District G/T Selection Committee.Testing will be available twice each year for middle school students, once in the fall and once in the spring. Each campus will determine the actual testing date to be done on campus after the referral period ends.TRANSFER G/T STUDENTSThose that are NEW to the Denton ISD District AND were previously TESTED AND IDENTIFIED FOR GIFTED and TALENTED SERVICES IN THEIR PREVIOUS DISTRICT may need to be re-tested. Testing for this category of student will take place at the PDC building, within a few weeks of enrollment. When registering, notify the counselor and registrar if your child was previously served as a G/T student in another district so that paper work can be obtained from the former district.Testing Dates For 2017-2018 School Year:09/16/2017 at the PDC. -Transfer testing day for PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED STUDENTS transferring from another district. Students will receive testing results in the mail, after September 28th. If your student qualifies, he/she will be placed in an EXPO class as soon as the permission to serve form is signed and returned.09/25/2017-10/12/2017 - Open referral period for students who would like to test for the program. No referrals will be accepted before this date or after Thursday, October, 12th. Students who submit a signed referral during this period, will be tested on campus, October 25th. Testing will begin at 8:30 AM and end at approximately 2:30 PM.12/05/2017- District committee meeting to review scores and profiles from fall testing. Letters will be mailed home to parents from the district office, with your child's results, shortly after this date. We will not have scores or placement decisions on our campus before then. If your child qualifies during the fall testing, he/she will be placed in EXPO for the beginning of the spring semester.01/16/2018 - 02/16/2018 - Open referral period for spring 2018 begins on Tuesday, January 16th and ends on Friday, February 16th. No referrals will be accepted after February 16th. Students who submit a signed referral during this period, will be tested on campus, February 28th. Testing will begin at 8:30 AM and end at approximately 2:30 PM. Letters containing testing results will then be sent home after the district committee meeting on May 1st. We will not have scores or placement decisions on our campus before then. If your student qualifies for the EXPO program, he/she will begin classes in the fall of 2018.