HISD G/T Identification
The HISD matrix used to determine if a child is G/T in HISD includes a nationally normed standardized achievement test as well as a cognitive abilities test. All students applying to a Vanguard program, who are not already identified as GT by HISD, are required to take both the achievement and abilities tests. HISD will only offer one testing window for G/T identification for the 2019-2020 school year. There will be no other GT testing offered in HISD for the 2019-2020 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 remain in HISD. Students who leave the district for more than 60 days, without a G/T furlough, 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.
How Do I Get My Child Tested for G/T?
Magnet: If your child does not currently attend an HISD school, you may sign up for G/T testing through your zoned HISD campus. For 6th-8th grade students interested in G/T testing, you will contact the G/T coordinator and test at your zoned HISD middle school campus; for 5th grade students interested in G/T testing, you will contact the G/T coordinator and test at your zoned HISD elementary campus.
Zoned: You will contact the G/T coordinator and sign up for testing at your current campus or your zoned HISD campus.
Who Runs Gifted and Talented 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 every HISD campus.