Magnet assessments

Magnet program requirements may include performance assessments, portfolios, observations and test scores.

Performance assessments, portfolios and observations

Magnet programs that require a performance assessment or portfolio:

  • Academy for Excellence - Art and music program
  • Academy of Visual and Performing Art

The Montessori magnet program requires an on-site observation and assessment.

Testing requirements

Current Garland ISD students are tested on their home campus. Ability tests are given in kindergarten, first-grade and fifth-grade. Achievement tests include the MAP for grades K-8 and the PSAT for grades 9-11.

If a student is missing assessment scores required for the desired program, the parent must schedule a test session via the magnet application. If a performance assessment or portfolio review is required, the parent must schedule an appointment via the magnet application.

Magnet programs that require reading and math achievement test scores:

  • Montessori
  • Math, Science and Technology (MST)
  • Classical
  • Dual Language
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Global Business
  • College and Career
  • Collegiate Academy
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Academy for Excellence - Academic program*

*The Academy for Excellence - Academic program requires both an ability test score and reading and math achievement test scores.

Magnet testing for students new to the district

If a student is not currently attending a Garland ISD school, they will either need to provide test scores from their previous district or sign up for a testing appointment. Read below for details. See the timeline on the Magnet application process and timelines page for specific dates.

Prekindergarten students will be tested on designated testing dates.

K-11 students must submit reading and math achievement scores as well as ability test scores. Official test score reports must be submitted to GISDmagnetprograms@garlandisd.net prior to the first testing date for the application period.

Students who do not have scores from the previous district will need to sign up for a testing appointment. Students will take an online assessment for achievement and ability on designated testing dates.

Out-of-district assessments accepted

The following are examples of tests that we accept.

Achievement tests
  • Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
  • Iowa Tests (ITBS)
  • PSAT
  • TerraNova
  • Logramos
Ability tests
  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
  • Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT)

Appealing a score

Parent may submit a written request for a retest if:

  • Test results indicate a testing irregularity (significant drop in score in subject area compared to prior year results).
  • Student experienced a medical event on or near date of testing (illness, diagnosis, change in medication).
  • Student experienced a death in the family within 10 days of testing.

Written requests should be emailed to GISDMagnetPrograms@garlandisd.net along with supporting documentation before the end of the magnet application window. See the timeline on the Magnet application process and timelines page for dates.

If a retest is granted, parents will be notified for scheduling.