Texas Administrative Code 29.121: A gifted and talented student is a child who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who exhibits high-performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area; possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or excels in a specific academic field. The process for identifying such students include a needs assessment for the purpose of placing students into educational programs designed to develop their potential (Reichert, 1997)
What are Gifted and Talented Services?
Gifted and Talented (G/T) Services provide extensions to classroom content 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:
- 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)
Students receiving gifted services demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research and communication. G/T students develop innovative products and sophisticated performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are often targeted to an audience beyond the classroom.
Qualification for gifted services is demonstrated via a combination of performance on standardized aptitude and achievement tests, as well as GT Characteristic scales, classroom planned experiences, classroom observations and work produced.
GT services at elementary are designed to meet the needs of G/T students by developing the capacities of self- awareness, communication, creativity, critical thinking, research and problem solving. All teachers who serve G/T students have additional training to recognize the unique attributes of giftedness children may exhibit and how to extend curriculum using depth and complexity to promote and develop the above mentioned capacities.
Service Design – Middle School
All identified G/T students grades 6 – 8, will be enrolled in a self-contained, grouped class per grade level. This class will be identified as GT ELAR (English, Language Arts & Reading).Service Design - High SchoolGifted and Talented services are delivered through all Pre-AP and AP courses. High School students who have qualified to receive GT services receive intentional services by 30 Hour GT Trained staff through Pre-AP and AP offerings at each High School.