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 GT characteristics are observed on a regular basis over time, Gifted and Talented testing might be considered in order to identify possible educational needs and provide appropriate services.
How do I start the GT identification testing process?
Referral forms are available through classroom teachers or GT Facilitators on each campus. You are encouraged to schedule a conference to discuss testing procedures on each individual campus.
What are GT 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.
Students may be nominated or referred for GT testing at any time (with the exception of Kindergarten) by teachers, counselors, parents or other interested persons. Testing criteria is specific to the state definition of gifted and talented and shall ensure the fair assessment of students with special needs, such as the culturally different, the economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities.
Data is collected through both objective and subjective assessments. Assessment tools may include but are not limited to, the following: achievement tests, intelligence tests, creativity tests, behavioral checklists completed by teachers and parents, student/parent conferences, and available student work products.
GT Services are designed to develop critical and creative thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and reference skills for students demonstrating gifted abilities. The specific services each student receives may vary, depending on the student’s placement recommendation and emerging educational, social, and emotional needs.