Gifted and Talented

Last Updated: 10/7/2021 2:16 PM


Program Coordinators
Elementary: Carla Bizzell Middle School: Brandi Derr and Kim McGuffey
High School: Chelsea Vinzant and Kim McGuffey District GT Coordinator: Melissa Wimmer

Advisory Group:

Carla Bizzell April Dowling
Jensy Bizzell Sarah Hicks
Nicci Cook Cindy Owens
Larra Selman Kim McGuffey
Jim Tindall Melissa Wimmer




Frankston ISD Gifted and Talented (GT) Program


GT Mission Statement:   

Gen Ed Teachers, Counselors, and GT staff will work together to meet academic and affective needs for each GT student that extend beyond what a regular classroom provides. This will successfully maximize life’s opportunities for every gifted child.


Definition of Gifted Students:  

Sec. 29.121. Definition. In this subchapter, “gifted and talented student” means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who 

  • exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area; 
  • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or 
  • excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121

    State Goal for Services for Gifted/Talented Students: 

    Students who participate in services designed for gifted/talented 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. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted/talented students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services. 


    FISD Goal: 

    All GT students will successfully complete a project or TPSP activity.  

    FISD Objectives: 
  • TPSP website shared on GT webpage and emailed to GT teachers 
  • Each campus will create a schedule to meet with students that allows for time to work on the project 
  • Campuses will support activities using resources and materials 
  • A GT night will be planned for students to present their TPSP activity  


Rationale for Program: 

Gifted and Talented students require challenging and differentiated curriculum, as well as affective support. Frankston ISD will provide a comprehensive GT program to enrich and challenge each student at his or her academic and affective level.


Gifted and Talented Areas Served: 

  • General Intelligence- refers to students who can learn at a faster pace, master higher levels of content, and handle abstract concepts at a significantly higher level than expected given the student’s chronological age and experiences with most academic subjects. 
  • Specific Academic Ability- refers to those students who have exceptionally high achievement or potential and a high degree of interest in a specific field of study. Areas include Math/Science or Language Arts/Reading. 


Identification Process for Gifted and Talented Students Grades K-3 

  • Step 1- Nomination 
  • The Nomination form is completed and given to the GT coordinator by a teacher, parent, or student. 
  • Step 2- Considered Data for Portfolio 
  • Previous identification in another school system 
  • Observations 
  • Interview 
  • Teacher input 
  • Parent input 
  • Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) 
    • Math 
      • Computation and Problem Solving 
      • Number Sense 
      • Geometry 
      • Measurement 
      • Data, Statistics, and Probability 
      • Algebraic Concepts 
    • Language Arts/ Reading 
      • Mechanics 
      • Parts of Speech 
      • Usage 
      • Writing 
      • Phonological Awareness 
      • Phonics 
      • Concepts of Print 
      • Word Structure and Meaning 
      • Comprehension 
      • Word Meaning* 
      • Literary Concepts: Main Ideas, Details, and Inferences* 
      • Literary Concepts: Purpose, Structure, and Devices* 
      • Informational Concepts: Main Ideas, Details, and Inferences* 
      • Informational Concepts: Purpose, Structure, and Argument* 
    • Science  
      • Life Sciences 
      • Earth and Space Sciences 
      • Physical Sciences 
  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)  
    • Verbal 
    • Quantitative 
    • Nonverbal 
  • STAAR  
  • Step 3- Identification/Decision 
    • A team consisting of, at minimum, GT teachers, GT coordinator, and the principal will evaluate information and make a decision.  
  • Step 4- Programming 
    • The campus GT teacher will provide services. 


Note: GT K-2 utilizes a “revolving door” approach--the talent pool will vary. Participation one year does not guarantee participation in subsequent years. This time is used to build a portfolio. 


Possible Academic Services: (not limited to) 

  • Accelerated Placement 
  • Differentiation in the Regular Classroom 
  • Service Projects 
  • Academic Challenges/Competitions/Contests 
  • Resources/Opportunities for students to excel in their area of giftedness 
  • Field Trips 
  • Project-based learning 
  • Thinkers/Logic puzzles 
  • Instant Challenges  
  • Seminars 
  • Learning Lunches 
  • Accelerated Learning Opportunities 
    • Dual Credit for Freshman and Sophomores 
    • Advanced Placement Freshman and Sophomores 
    • Differentiation in the Regular Classroom 
    • Test-out Options 
  • Job Shadowing/Internship 


Affective Services: 

Elementary: Counseling sessions will occur for Gifted and Talented students a minimum of one time per month. 

Middle School: 

  • At the beginning of the year to discuss the year ahead and how it will affect them academically and emotionally 
  • During the middle of the year to address any specific issues or needs that they are experiencing 
  • At the end of the year to discuss the differences of transitioning to the next grade level and prepare as well as any affective needs 

High School: Each grade level has a group meeting schedule conducive to the needs of that particular grade level. (separate document)  


Staff Gifted and Talented Meetings: 

Beginning-of-the-Year Meeting: Staff development will occur before school starts to discuss the identification process, social and emotional needs of GT students, and services. Throughout the year, GT teachers and the GT coordinator will serve as a resource to teachers. 

Annual Review Meeting: At the end of the year, the GT teachers, GT coordinator, director of instruction, counselor, and principal will meet to discuss and evaluate the GT program using the Gifted and Talented Program Self-Audit/Reflection. It is upon this examination that future changes or updates will take place. 


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Referral Form

GT Referral Form






Region VII- Use this website to find trainings and to learn more about GT.


Texas Performance Standards Project


FMS GT Portal

FHS GT Portal

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