Gifted Referral Information K-6th

RISD Advanced Learning Services

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Introduction and Important Information

Thank you for expressing interest in referring your child(ren) for gifted services. Please review this entire document before going to the online referral form.

Please note these pieces of information:

  • The referral window opens at 8:00 AM on October 1, 2021. It will not work before that time.
  • The referral window closes at 3:00 PM on October 15, 2021. It will not work after that time.
  • Campus testing schedules will be linked in this SMORE as they are available.
  • All bitly links are case sensitive.
  • Please check back often as we update information as needed.

How do I refer my child?

  1. For English, click HERE or this link:
  2. For Spanish, click HERE or this link:
  3. Fill out the form. You must have your child's 6-digit ID number. It is not their lunch number. Any incorrect information may delay or invalidate the referral.
  4. Submit the form.
  5. Ensure you receive a copy at your email address. Please check that your primary contact information in Focus is accurate and up to date.
What kind of information is important to share in the referral?

This is a question we are asked all the time. Click HERE for a list of characteristics that may help you determine if your child has a need for gifted services. Most importantly, sharing examples of the observed characteristics is most helpful for the placement committee to determine if the student has an instructional need for gifted services.

It is NOT helpful to describe your child as "creative, artistic, thinks outside the box, makes good grades, has won awards, qualified for Duke TIP, is bored in class, would thrive/benefit." These descriptions are very general and overused.

How will virtual students be tested?

We are working on a comprehensive plan to do our best to both accommodate the concerns of the families of virtual students as well as collect the information needed to make placement decisions. We will provide the following layered opportunities for testing:

  • Student may have last year's test data used as it is valid for two years.
  • If students are virtual during a testing window, they will need to attend a testing opportunity on a campus or a central location. That information will be shared prior to the testing event.

If you have concerns about these options, please reach out to Monica Simonds at or 469-593-0888.

Kindergarten Testing Timeline

1-5 Testing Timeline

6th Grade Testing Timeline

Appealing the placement decision

If you have a referral on file and your child (K-5) does not qualify but you feel they have an instructional need for gifted services, you may complete an appeal form at (All bitly links are case sensitive).

*The link will not work before or after the appeal window.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What happens if my child is absent on the day of testing? We will schedule makeup testing as time is available. Contact your campus Advanced Learning Teacher.
  2. Does my child need to be retested if they are already receiving services? Your child does not need to be retested once they have qualified for services; however, we do retest in 2nd for updated scores to determine if the child needs Responsive Acceleration Pathway and in 6th to determine secondary courses. Regardless of the scores, students are not removed from services.
  3. My child did not qualify last time they were tested. Can they be tested again? Yes, students have annual opportunities to be referred for gifted services. In deciding if you should refer your child multiple times, consider the child's instructional needs and their response to potentially testing and not qualifying. Sometimes students internalize this as a failure because they do not understand the nature of this kind of assessment and process.