Information for Educators
Baylor TIP’s mission is to identify exceptional talent in STEM and the humanities and provide world-class learning opportunities commensurate with students’ exceptional potential. Baylor TIP focuses on both the identification of talent through our assessments and the opportunity to develop talents and interests through customized educational recommendations and out-of-school programs.
Qualifications Needed to Take the Baylor TIP Assessments
Students qualify to take our above-level assessments through any one of three avenues:
- score in the top 25% on one or more subtest of a state or national standardized exam (local norms are recommended but not required),
- be formally identified as gifted or talented by a district, or
- be recommended by a teacher, administrator, and/or parent.
Identifying Student Talent
The first step of the talent search is to identify student talent. Baylor TIP offers four above-level assessments. Students who are qualified to take the assessments will select one of the following to complete:
- College Readiness Assessment (CRA) for Grades 7–8,
- College Readiness Assessment 8/9 (CRA 8/9) for Grades 4–5,
- Indicator of Academic Readiness (IAR) for Grades 7–8, or
- Indicator of Academic Readiness 8/9 (IAR 8/9) for Grades 4–5.
Become a Baylor TIP District!
There are two ways to do this:
- Commit to sharing information about the Baylor TIP program annually with parents of students who qualify for the program (e.g., send a letter or e-mail to parents each fall, hold a parent meeting to encourage parents to register their child, recognize students who participate in the program) and positively promote the Baylor TIP opportunity in the district. The Baylor TIP Information Letter for Parents 2022 is available for download. Please feel free to share it with parents in your district.
- Partner more formally by providing partial or full scholarships for students (and receive discounted assessment rates) to promote more equitable access, scheduling above-level assessments during the school day or on a Saturday in your district, and working with Baylor TIP to highlight or offer out-of-school options relevant to students’ areas of strength, thus meeting the Service Design standard in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.
Contact us directly to become a Baylor TIP district.
Congratulations to Our Current Baylor TIP Districts:
Barbers Hill ISD
Cedar Hill ISD
Vanguard College Preparatory School