Gifted and Talented Services

Gifted and Talented Services
The process used to provide services to students with gifts and talents.
The purpose of providing gifted and talented services is to make those persons responsible for a student’s education aware of the student’s capabilities so that the best match can be made of capabilities to programming. Identification is an ongoing and continuous process to develop awareness of student capabilities and needs. All students are considered for gifted education services in kindergarten through 12th grade. 
Initial referrals for gifted and talented services usually come from the classroom teacher who has in-depth knowledge and understanding of a student’s abilities.   Principals, other educational staff, or parents may refer students for identification using the Parent or Teacher Nomination Forms.

When considering students for gifted education services, building level teams use multiple assessments to create a student data profile which, in conjunction with district criteria, is used to determine eligibility for gifted services. When gathering information to inform decisions about students’ need for challenge beyond the regular curriculum, a number of tools are used such as standardized tests, portfolios, selected grade-level classroom assessments, and rating scales. 


Elementary and middle school parents are notified by mail of services provided to their child. At the secondary level, students and parents work with their child’s school counselor to ensure a sequence of advanced courses that are most aligned to the student’s interests and academic goals.


The appropriateness of a student’s services is periodically reviewed. This review may result in continuation of the same services or a change in services. At times, it may be determined that students’ needs can be met through the regular school program and course offerings. 


Service options are matched to the strengths and needs of the students receiving gifted and talented services. All students receive high quality, differentiated, culturally responsive core curriculum and instruction. In addition to differentiation, some students may require additional services and opportunities in order to make continuous progress such as enrichment activities, participation in academic competitions, acceleration, etc. 


Identification Areas

The five areas of identification are:

1.   General Intellectual Ability (GIA) (high level of overall intelligence)
2.   Specific Academic Ability (SAA) (excels in one or more academic subjects)
3.   Creativity (has original, varied, and/or unusual ideas and solutions)
4.   Leadership (demonstrates an unusual ability to relate to and motivate other people ability to take charge)
5.   Artistic (Visual/Music) (intuitive sense of artistic or musical concepts)

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Parent Nomination Form