What are Gifted and Talented Services?Gifted and Talented (G/T) Services provide extensions to or differentiation of classroom content and learning experiences for students who perform at, or show the potential for performing at, a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience or environment and who:
Qualification for gifted services is demonstrated via a combination of performance on standardized aptitude and achievement tests, as well as G/T characteristic scales, classroom planned experiences, classroom observations, and work produced.
- Exhibit high performance capability in an intellectual, creative or artistic area;
- Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
- Excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121)
Service Design – Middle SchoolAll identified G/T students grades 6–8 will be offered the opportunity to enroll in G/T or advanced academics classes. G/T English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) is offered on all middle school campuses, and some campuses also offer G/T Science classes. G/T students are intentionally clustered in advanced academics classes that do not offer specific G/T sections. Students complete a Personalized Service Plan in grades 6-8 to set academic and personal goals as well as to assist teachers in knowing how best to meet their individual learning needs in the classroom. Teachers of G/T or advanced academics courses receive 30 hours of G/T training.
Should I have my student tested for giftedness?
Students with gifted and talented abilities often display advanced characteristics, as compared with students of the same age. If several G/T characteristics are observed on a regular basis over time, Gifted and Talented testing should be considered in order to identify possible educational needs and provide appropriate services.
What are G/T Characteristics?
Students with gifted and talented abilities often display some of the following characteristics:
- Advanced Language: Uses advanced language compared to peers. Enjoys telling detailed stories. Has large storehouse of information and extensive vocabulary. Expressive. Makes comparisons to explain relationships.
- Analytical Thinking: Has a high level of problem-solving and reasoning skills. Aware. Observes surroundings intensely and is attentive to details in the environment. Understands complex ideas and thoughts. Sees patterns. Thinks deeply.
- Meaning Motivation: Curious. Asks questions to make sense of rules and relationships. Generates original solutions to problems. Persistent in areas of interest. Creates unique products and innovations. Makes unexpected connections.
- Perspective: Understands different points of view. Insightful. Values fairness. Sees the “bigger picture.” Creative when solving problems or looking for solutions. Demonstrates complex perspective in work.
- Sense of Humor: Understands and uses subtle nuances of language. Highly creative, fun loving, witty. Experiments with language figuratively for humorous effect. Unusual imagination.
- Sensitivity: Empathetic. Internalizes others feelings and emotions. Shows awareness of problems that others may not recognize. Exhibits concern for world issues. Cares deeply. Extensive memory about people and conversations.
- Accelerated Learning: Learns quickly. Large storehouse of information. Sees patterns in procedures, experiences, ideas. Sees logical and common sense answers. Performs better with more challenging or complex tasks.