QUEST is an acronym for Quality Utilization and Enrichment of Student Talents. QUEST-G/T provides gifted services designed to meet the needs of students who excel or show potential to excel in high general intellectual ability, which is one of the areas of giftedness as defined by the state of Texas.
How are student identified?
- Students in grades K–12 may be nominated for QUEST-G/T services at any time by district personnel, parents, self, peers, or others.
- The person nominating a student should complete a referral form.
- These forms are available from the QUEST-G/T teacher or on the QUEST-G/T page.
- Nominated students would then follow the identification process described below.
- Identification is a multi-step process.
Step 1: Screening
- The purpose of screening is to identify students who demonstrate potential in the areas of General Intellectual Ability and Creative Thinking. While nominations may be submitted throughout the school year, screening is done during designated windows and follows the below process.
- All students new to the district in Grades 1–5 are automatically placed in the nomination pool on all elementary campuses for screening in August and May.
- All kindergarten students are screened in January and February, and kindergarten QUEST-G/T classes start on March 1.
- Several screening dates are offered during the summer for new 6th–12th grade students. *Subject to change due to COVID.* Summer screening information is posted on the QUEST-G/T page and provided to all secondary campus counselors.
- Multiple measures of creative/divergent thinking are administered by the campus QUEST-G/T specialist teacher and scored by the District Identification and Placement Committee.
- At the same time, the QUEST-G/T teacher gathers information from multiple measures of general intellectual ability.
- Students must qualify on any four of the screening measures to move to Step Two.
Step 2: Identification
- If a student meets the qualifying criteria in Step 1, permission from the parent is requested for individual testing in the area of high general intellectual ability.
- Multiple measures of intellectual ability are administered, and other documentation of intellectual ability collected by the campus QUEST-G/T specialist teacher.
Step 3: Placement
- All documentation is brought before a district screening committee, which makes the final decision for placement.
- Students in grades K–12 must qualify in the 95th percentile or higher on at least two measures of general intellectual ability.
- All screening and testing data is reviewed by the QUEST-G/T Identification and Placement Committee.
- If the data indicates that the student would benefit from receiving QUEST-G/T services, written parental permission is required.
What do QUEST-G/T students learn?
The skills taught in QUEST-G/T are structured in a spiraling curriculum, from Kindergarten through Grade 12, focusing on these key areas:
- Creative Thinking Skills: What they are and how they are used to enhance learning
- Critical Thinking Skills: What they are and how they apply to problem solving, decision making, and more in-depth learning
- Research Skills: What they are, how they are used to explore issues and problems, and how findings or results are presented or reported to others.
- Communication: Clarity in written and spoken language to become effective communicators for a variety of audiences and purposes.
Students experience these skills at an increasingly sophisticated level throughout the grades. The QUEST-G/T curriculum is interdisciplinary in nature, addressing students’ strengths and interests in the four content areas. Students’ interests and strengths are expanded through their ability to apply the skills to all disciplines. They are also given individual choices in selecting areas to study within the QUEST-G/T curriculum, including structured independent studies.
Grades K–5 participate weekly in various interdisciplinary, project-based units of study under the direction and facilitation of the campus QUEST-G/T specialists. They also have access to support from the QUEST-G/T teachers through QUEST Lab, as available.
Grades 6–8 is a daily interdisciplinary gifted curriculum plus access to support from the QUEST-G/T teachers through QUEST Lab, as available. At some campuses, it may be blended with English Language Arts.
High School QUEST/GT includes QUEST-G/T English, QUEST Lab, and QUEST Independent Study Mentorship (ISM) facilitated by the QUEST-G/T Facilitator Teacher.
High School G/T students are encouraged to participate in Advanced Courses through open enrollment in grades 6–10 advanced courses, high school AP, and IB courses as well as specialized advanced courses in Career Tech and Fine Arts.
An array of learning opportunities is offered to meet students’ various interests and abilities and strengths.
Grades 3–5 students with advanced abilities in language arts and mathematics may be served through PACE Language Arts and PACE Math, which provide flexible grouping patterns, differentiated curricula, and accelerated or advanced curricula.
On some campuses, the freshINC STEM enrichment is offered.
Grades 6–7 students with advanced abilities in mathematics may be identified for PACE Math classes.
Grades 7–8 students may apply to participate in the STEM course, Gateway to Technology. On some campuses, they may participate in mxINCedu and other CTE Electives. They may also apply to participate in AVID, a college and career preparation class.
Grades 7–8 students may participate in advanced courses in Fine Arts, as available.
Grade 8 students may be identified for High School Algebra.
Grades 6–8 students may choose to participate in Advanced Language Arts. Enrollment is open to interested students.
Grade 8 students may enroll in Advanced Social Studies and Spanish. Enrollment is open to interested students.
Grades 9–12 students may enroll in a variety of Advanced courses, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, Fine Arts, Career Tech and other courses in various foundation and enrichment areas. For more information on these programs, please contact your campus counselor.
How do all students learn skills taught in QUEST-G/T?
- The skills taught through the QUEST-G/T curriculum are not only for QUEST-G/T students. Classroom teachers incorporate these skills into the regular curriculum in an age-appropriate manner. The difference is in when the skills are introduced and in the pacing and depth at which they are applied. Training in the teaching of these skills and processes are available to all teachers.
- The QUEST-G/T teacher is available to serve all students through assisting classroom teachers in planning instruction, in presenting demonstration lessons or workshop sessions, in working with groups on special projects or skills and other areas as determined by campus need and QUEST-G/T teacher availability.
How do teachers & parents learn about QUEST-G/T?
Information is available in the following ways:
- QUEST-G/T teachers may present campus awareness sessions or open houses. These sessions are designed to explain what the program is, who the program can benefit, what behaviors to look for, how the identification process works, and what the students in the program do.
- QUEST-G/T program information is available on district and campus websites. LISD website is:. LISD QUEST-G/T page
- QUEST Quotes, the district online newsletter about QUEST-G/T is published yearly and available online.
- The QUEST-G/T teacher is available by appointment to give a more in-depth explanation to teachers, parents, students, or community members.
What training do teachers receive?
- All QUEST-G/T teachers receive 30 hours of training in gifted education prior to being assigned as QUEST-G/T teachers. QUEST-G/T teachers receive on-going training locally and through state conferences and other seminars dealing with best practices and current research for educating the talented and gifted (at least six hours annual update in training each year). They then share that learning with their colleagues.
- Teachers of high school Advanced/AP/IB courses receive 30 hours of training in gifted education. This includes twelve hours of nature, needs and identification/assessment of the gifted. The remaining eighteen hours of training are in the teachers’ content areas and other areas of gifted education. They also receive an annual six-hour update in gifted education each year.
- Teachers of middle school Advanced Language Arts, PACE Math and Social Studies courses receive training in nature and needs of the gifted and differentiation strategies.
- All elementary QUEST cluster classroom teachers receive an initial six hours of training in gifted education. Then, each year thereafter, they receive on-going training locally (at least three hours each year).
- These same opportunities are made available to other interested teachers during LISD Summer professional development, LISD Continuous Improvement Conference, and/or online courses.
Revised January 2021