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Gifted and Talented
Related Documents:
Gifted/Talented Referral Form
HISD G/T Procedure Manual

The Hondo Independent School District follows the state guidelines as described in The Texas State Plan and Guidelines for the Education of the Gifted and Talented in the design and operation of Project Challenge. The Education Service Center, Region 20 in San Antonio has closely supervised the development of identification procedures as a means of insuring compliance with current policies and research in the field of gifted and talented education. Project Challenge is the title of the Hondo model for the Gifted and Talented Program.


Identification Procedures:

Criteria to identify gifted and talented students shall be established in the Board-approved program for the gifted and talented. The criteria shall be specific to the state definition of gifted and talented and shall ensure the fair assessment of students with special needs, such as the culturally different, the economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities. The district will use qualitative and quantitative assessments for the identification of G/T students.


The District shall reassess students to determine appropriate program placement when a student moves from grade 5 to grade 6. 

Transfer Students:

When a student identified as gifted by a previous school district transfers into the District, the student will be placed in the District's gifted and talented program once documentation from the previous school district is received.


Students who are unable to maintain satisfactory performance within the structure of the gifted and talented program may be placed on furlough by the selection committee. The purpose of such a furlough is to provide the student an opportunity to attain performance goals established by the selection committee. A furlough also may be granted at the request of the student and/or parent.A student may be furloughed for a period of time deemed appropriate by the selection committee. At the end of the furlough, the student's progress shall be reassessed, and the student may re-enter the gifted program, be removed from the program, or placed on another furlough.

Exiting Procedures:

Student performance in the program shall be monitored. A student shall be exited from the program at any time the selection committee determines it is in the student's best interest. If a student or parent requests to exit from the program, the selection committee shall meet with the parent and student before honoring the request. A student being considered for exiting the program shall be placed on furlough pending a decision by the selection committee.Appeals:

Parents or students may appeal any final decision of the selection committee regarding selection for or exit from the gifted program. Appeals shall be made first to the selection committee. Any subsequent appeals shall be made in accordance with FNG (LOCAL) beginning at Level Two.

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