HISD G/T Identification
The HISD matrix used to determine if a child is G/T in HISD includes a nationally normed standardized test (Iowa) as well as a cognitive abilities test (CogAT). All students applying to a Vanguard program are required to take both the Iowa and the CogAT tests. HISD will only offer one testing window for G/T identification for the 2018-2019 school year, which will take place in December/January. All students tested in this window who are identified as G/T will not receive GT services until the following school year. There will be no other GT testing offered in HISD for the 2018-2019 school year. If you have questions regarding the GT testing window or GT Matrix, please contact the HISD Advanced Academics department at 713-556-6954.
Does My Child Need Testing?
HISD students who have already been identified as G/T by HISD and currently attend an HISD school DO NOT need testing. Students who have previously been identified as G/T retain their G/T label all the way through high school, as long as they stay in HISD. Students who leave the district for more than 4 academic months must be re-tested for G/T identification. All current HISD 5th grade students not identified as G/T will be tested on their current HISD campus and DO NOT need further testing.
Students who are not currently enrolled in an HISD school will need to sign up for both the Iowa and the CogAT test.
How Do I Get My Child Tested for G/T?
Zoned: Students not currently identified as G/T, who are zoned to Lanier, will be tested on the Lanier campus. For the 2018-2019 school year, only one testing window is being offered. Students who are tested in this window and are identified as G/T will be placed in our Vanguard program the following school year. Testing dates and information regarding the application process can be found here. Testing dates are determined by the Advanced Academics Department of HISD and cannot be changed or extended. If you have questions regarding the testing window you may contact HISD Advanced Academics at 713-556-6954. If you would like your child to be tested for GT services, please click here to download the HISD Vanguard Neighborhood Application. Applications must be returned to Mr. Foster by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person in the Pershing campus.
Magnet: If your child does not currently attend an HISD school, or is a current sixth or seventh grader in HISD, you may sign up for testing through the online application system. If your child has taken the Iowa test this current school year (2017-2018), and includes TOTAL ELA and TOTAL MATH, we will accept those scores and you will only need to sign up for the CogAT test. If your child has not taken the Iowa or CogAT tests this current school year (2017-2018), you will need to sign up for both the Iowa and CogAT tests. Please make sure you sign up using an email you check regularly as testing confirmation along with dates and times will be sent through email.
How Long is the Test?
CogAT: CogAT is a cognitive abilities test that is used by HISD to help identify students as G/T. CogAT is a computer based test. Students will be read directions and given sample problems to ensure they understand how to complete the test. HISD only requires students to take the nonverbal portion of CogAT. The nonverbal portion is broken up into three sections: paper folding, figure matrices, and figure classification. Students will have 10 minutes to finish each section of the CogAT. In general, the total time for the test, including logging in, reading directions, sample questions, and the actual test, is approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
Iowa test: The Iowa test is a nationally normed standardized test. For G/T identification purposes students will only be administered certain sections of the test. For the 2016-2017 school year, students will be required to take the English Language Arts section and the Math section. Each section of the test is timed. The approximate time for the Iowa test, including passing out materials, reading directions, and breaks, is approximately 4 to 6 hours.
Who Runs the Testing?
The Advanced Academics department of HISD is in charge of all G/T testing in the district. The testing windows are set up by Advanced Academics and testing occurs at schools that have volunteered to host the testing. The testing site may not be at a school to which you have applied.