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Katy ISD Announces Elementary Screening for Gifted and Talented Students

(KATY ISD) - Katy ISD parents with children in grades 1-4 who believe their student might be gifted and talented are encouraged to refer them for screening for the 2023-2024 Gifted and Talented Program. The GT Program for elementary students in Katy ISD consists of a one-day participation in a Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education. Parents can begin the process by completing a parent observation checklist, which can be obtained from the student’s school or the Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics website. The deadline for completing and returning the parent checklist is Oct. 28.

“The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs, which include quantitative and qualitative assessments,” said Joan Otten, director of the GT & Advanced Academics Department. “Katy ISD’s Elementary Challenge curriculum includes advanced content, creative and critical thinking skills, as well as research and technology skills for children who demonstrate the potential for high levels of accomplishment.”

A GT awareness presentation for parents of students in grades 1-4 will be held via Zoom on Oct. 18. The Zoom link will be posted on the Katy ISD Gifted and Talented website.

Transfer students who were screened in fall 2022 and not identified for GT services, must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or GT facilitators if they have additional questions.


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