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Baylor TIP

Baylor TIP - Talent Identification Program

Baylor TIP - Talent Identification Program

MISD Gifted and Talented has officially partnered with the Center for Gifted and Talented Development at Baylor University to off our 6th and 7th grade students Baylor TIP!

Baylor TIP’s mission is to identify exceptional talent in STEM and the humanities and provide world-class learning opportunities commensurate with students’ exceptional potential. Baylor TIP focuses on both the identification of talent through our assessments and the opportunity to develop talents and interests through customized educational recommendations and out-of-school programs.


  • Provide transformative learning opportunities to precollegiate students in the areas of STEM and the humanities.
  • Identify and recruit diverse students from Texas and surrounding areas with the ability, interest, and motivation to achieve at exceptional levels.
  • Prepare precollegiate students for exceptional achievement by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment in a caring environment.

Talent Search Process

  • Register for and take the above-level the College Readiness Assessment (CRA) or the Indicator of Academic Readiness (IAR). Tests can be taken online or in paper form.
  • After taking the assessment, students will receive a detailed score report that includes educational recommendations.
  • All students who qualify for Baylor TIP are eligible to participate in enrichment and accelerated learning opportunities offered by the Center, including University for Young People (UYP).
  • Students will be honored in a recognition ceremony, which will be held in May each year.

*** Sixth grade students will take either the CRA 8/9 or IAR 8/9 exam. Seventh- and eighth-grade students will take either the CRA or IAR exam.

Qualifications Needed to Take the Baylor TIP Assessments

Students qualify to take our above-level assessments through any one of three avenues:

  • score in the top 25% on one or more subtest of a state or national standardized exam (local norms are recommended but not required),
  • be formally identified as gifted or talented by a district, or
  • be recommended by a teacher, administrator, and/or parent.

Identifying Student Talent

The first step of the talent search is to identify student talent. Baylor TIP offers four above-level assessments. Students who are qualified to take the assessments will select one of the following to complete:

MISD Important Baylor TIP Dates

Baylor TIP CRA Testing

Date: October 29,th 2022
Time: 8:00 a.m. ( Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. for sign-in)
Location: McKinney High School
1400 Wilson Creek Pkwy.
McKinney, TX
*Students must bring their Macbook at this is a web-based assessment

Click here to Pay for CRA Testing

MISD Baylor TIP Scholars Recognition Program

Date: May 2023
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
*More information will be sent to parent in the Spring of 2023

Registering for a Baylor TIP Assessment

MISD Parents can register their students individually at any time on the link below. If you are interested in enrolling your 6th or 7th grade MISD student into out Baylor TIP program, please click the link below. Also, for parent information on Baylor TIP in MISD, the Presentation link is available below.

Assessment Resources

For more information on how Baylor TIP works with school districts, please visit their website here. Email Dr. Javetta Jones Roberson at [email protected] for more information on Baylor TIP in MISD.

Need Help?

If you need additional assistance with the content on this page, please contact McKinney ISD team member Dr. Javetta Jones Roberson by phone at 469-302-4206 or by email here .