McKinney ISD


ALPHA Selection Procedure Primary and Secondary

1. Referral forms are made available to all teachers, parents, and students. (See counselor, ALPHA teacher, or this site for the Nomination Form, Teacher Observation Form, etc.). 

MISD does not offer assessment services to the general public, only registered McKinney ISD students.

2. Teacher Observation Forms are distributed and returned to ALPHA teacher or Counselor.

3. All referred students are tested in their primary language or using nonverbal tests.

4. All available information is placed on the Student Profile Matrix. The Student Profile Matrix acts as a table of contents for the portfolio and allows the District Selection Committee to view data results as a whole.

5. District Selection Committees (elementary and secondary) meet to review nominations and make decisions on each. Members include administrators, counselor, GT Specialists, and ALPHA classroom teachers. All members meet the requirement for state GT (Gifted and Talented) certification.

6. The District Selection Committees adopt a holistic review process to student data, evaluating both quantitative testing data and qualitative data gathered from parents and teachers. Students with multiple scores in the 97th percentile are considered for automatic placement for gifted and talented services. A single score at or above the 97th percentile (Secondary Students only due to the nature of Secondary GT Services) or multiple scores just below the 97th percentile must be accompanied by strong qualitative data for placement considerations. We also include Local Campus Norms for Gifted and Talented Placement and adjust the qualifying percentile according to campus.

7. If the District Selection Committee deems further assessment is necessary, the District Gifted Coordinator will gather that information.

8. Parents are notified of committee decisions through either regular mail or electronic mail.

Appeals will be handled in a manner consistent with MISD’s Student and Parent Complaints policy-FNG (Local).

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