• Identification

    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. 

    The identification and selection of students for participation in the program is determined by a three-step process

    • referral/nomination
    • assessment
    • selection

    The final placement decision is made by the District G/T Selection Committee.

    Referral/Nomination

    Referrals or nominations may come from faculty, parents, or community members. Persons nominating students must complete a general Referral Form and submit it to the school office or the campus EXPO specialist. 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 parent.  Please see the EXPO Forms link for a copy of the Referral Form.

     

    Elementary:   The campus EXPO Specialist will accept nominations for students in kindergarten in November. Those students nominated will be tested in January and February.  Referrals for students in grades one through five are an on-going process. Nominations will be accepted at any time.

    Secondary:   The campus EXPO Specialist will accept nominations only during Referral periods.  Please see the EXPO Testing Dates link for more information concerning the specific dates for secondary referrals.

     

    Testing
     
    Elementary:  In grades one through five, there will be two testing sessions, one in the fall and one in the spring.
    • The first testing session will be reserved for students transferring into Denton from a gifted/talented program in another school district.
    • The second testing session will be reserved for testing of students in grades one through five.
    • Kindergarten students will be tested during the third testing session.
    • The fourth and fifth testing sessions will be reserved for testing of students in grades one through five.

    All kindergarten students are considered for assessment by the EXPO program and will be involved in assessment activities conducted by the regular classroom teacher and the EXPO specialist during the fall semester. At the end of the general assessment period, a pool of kindergarten students will be selected for further assessment based on teacher observation, student performance in the classroom, and/or parent referrals.

    All first grade students are also considered for assessment by the EXPO program and will be involved in an assessment during the fall.  
     
    Secondary:  In grades six through twelve, there will be two testing sessions, one in the fall and one in the spring.
    • The first testing session will be reserved for students transferring into Denton from a gifted/talented program in another school district.
    • The second testing session will be reserved for testing of students in grades six through twelve.
    • The fourth and fifth testing sessions will be reserved for testing of students in grades six through twelve.
     

    Selection

     
    The final placement decision is made by the District G/T Selection Committee. 
     

    Transfer Students

     

     

     Elementary Transfers

    Students transferring to Denton ISD will be evaluated based on previous gifted and talented testing and district program admission.  Denton ISD will evaluate the previous district's paperwork and admit students based on the following criteria.

     

    Intelligence/Abilties Teset

     

    Achievment Test

     

    Creativity Test

     

    If elementary students have two qualifying scores (95 percentile) and were admitted to a previous district's gifted and talented progam, students will be admitted to the EXPO program per evaluation of the campus EXPO specialist and district Advanced Academics Director.

     

    If elementary students do not have two qualifying scores (95 percentile) and were admitted to a districts's gifted and talented program, students will be assessed based on the current qualifications of the Denton ISD EXPO program.  After testing, students will go through a transfer campus and district committee to determine placement.  The district transfer window is August 30-September 21 and the distirct committee meets on September 26.  For additional transfers, the district will assess students within the Fall and Spring testing windows.

     

    Secondary Transfers