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Referral Information

General Information

In kindergarten, all students are screened based on MAP test scores for the Gifted and Talented Talent Pool.  Students who qualify for the Talent Pool and return permission forms will remain in the Talent Pool through second grade.

In second grade, all students are again screened based on MAP test scores.  Student who acquire at least the minimum cut-off score will receive a permission form for full testing.  Once testing is completed, parents will receive a placement determination letter.

You may refer your child at any time.  However, testing only occurs once a year – in the spring.  The official referral window opens the week school resumes from holiday break and closes the first Friday in February.  Students referred after the February deadline wil be added to the list of referrals for the next school year.

  1. Make an offical referral to your student’s homeroom teacher, school counselor, or the Gifted and Talented Coordinator – Heather Ward (
  2. Fill out the Parent Referral and Inventory Form and return it to your student’s homeroom teacher or Heather Ward (  This form also serves as the permission to test, so be sure to sign the portion of the form that requests permission before returning.

Placement determination letters are mailed each year in May.  

If you are unhappy with the committee’s decision, you may file an appeal through the office of the Gifted and Coordinator, Heather Ward (  All appeals will be addressed according to Troy ISD Board policy.

If your child needs a furlough or exit for any reason, contact the office of the Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Heather Ward (

At the time of withdrawal, parents should request that all Gifted and Talented records are sent with the student’s other records.  Students transferring from another school district go through the same G/T process (profile matrix completion and committee approval) as students that are fully tested in the district.  If incomplete information is received from the student’s school district, it is possible that the student will need to complete a portion or all of the testing given to in-district students.  Parent permission will be necessary to complete and testing and/or placement in the G/T program.

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