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Gifted & Talented

Gifted & Talented Program

Baird Independent School District provides a gifted and talented program that is academic in nature and is designed to enhance the educational opportunities for students exhibiting exceptional academic abilities. Scheduling of program activities will be established and coordinated through the GT Coordinator in collaboration with campus administration and teachers to fully maximize the opportunities for each gifted student.


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide an innovative & challenging learning environment that offers our highest-achieving students the opportunity to grow academically and think critically & creatively about complex issues, to help them use their abilities to be leaders and valuable contributors to a diverse and competitive 21st-century society.

Assessment & Identification Process

Gifted and talented students are identified according to the state’s definition of giftedness.

A gifted/talented student is a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who

  • exhibits high-performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
  • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  • excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121)
    1. Referral of students for the program by a parent, teacher, campus administrator, or the student during the referral period. (See timeline and link to referral below.)
    2. Assessment of students using the following assessment instruments:
      • General Abilities Test
      • Cognitive Abilities Test
      • Achievement Test
    3. Selection of students using a district profile for whom the gifted program is an appropriate educational placement.


    Per the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, Section 1.5.1C: Data collected from multiple sources for each area of giftedness served by the district are included in the assessment process for gifted/talented services (19 TAC §89.1(2)).


    BISD will utilize a universal screener for all kindergarteners in the district to identify those who are potentially gifted. If any indicators are present, the student will be referred for further testing.

  • Grade Level Last Date for Referral Annual Assessment Window Notification & Scores Received by: Services Begin
    K-12 December 15 January – February April 1 Fall of the following school year


    Information for transfer students, who were identified as Gifted by their previous district, will be reviewed throughout the year based on when the student transferred into the district and when the identification information is received from the prior district.

  • Troyce Williams

    G/T Coordinator/Elementary Counselor

    325-854-1400 ext. 105

Referral & Resource Links