In accordance with (Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.122; 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §89.1(3); Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (State Plan) 1.4C) all kindergarten students in public school are automatically considered for gifted/talented and other advanced level services.

Kindergarten students will take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT). The NNAT is not a pass or fail test.  The NNAT is a brief nonverbal measure of shapes and/or symbols. It is a group-administered test which evaluates students’ thinking skills and provides an understanding of their relative strengths and weaknesses in performing a variety of reasoning tasks. The NNAT specifically assesses those abilities that are related to success in school. The information obtained from this assessment helps determine a student’s ability to cope with school learning tasks.

Furthermore, Kindergarten students will take part in weekly “planned experiences” within their classroom with the classroom teacher and a STRIVE Teacher.   These “planned experiences” target specific advanced characteristics in the areas of language, analytical thinking, perspective, meaning, sense of humor, and advanced learning.  There will be a total of six (6) planned experience lessons used during this process. The students are unaware of observations during the lesson. We are able to get a true insight into the students’ ability.

The initial assessment process will be complete by mid-February.  Kindergarten students whose initial assessments indicated gifted characteristics may need further testing for official determination. The parents of students in this area will receive notification and a permission to test further form.  Not all parents will receive notification of initial assessment results.