Talented and Gifted
Dr. Daniel Moran, Supervisor
Mary Gran, Secretary
In keeping with the most recent research, the district defines “giftedness” as a blend of outstanding intellect, academic motivation and creative thinking. According to the National Association of Gifted Children:
Children are gifted when their ability is significantly above the norm for their age. Giftedness may manifest in one or more domains such as; intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or in a specific academic field such as language arts, mathematics or science.
The district uses multiple criteria to identify students who may be gifted; such criteria includes standardized test scores such as PARCC tests and end-of-year math assessments, report card grades, writing samples, reading levels, and teacher recommendations. Students who show giftedness in both language arts and mathematics qualify for the TAG program in elementary school. When determining giftedness, the district also considers non-academic factors, such as resilience and reaction to setbacks. All students in the district are screened each summer for the following year’s program.
Academically gifted students in grades four and five participate in a regularly-scheduled program in which they are pulled out of their regular classrooms for a eighty minutes each week. In grades six and seven, Math Prime and Verbal GATE take the place of academic math and ILA instruction. In grade eight, students may be placed in honors-level courses. After grade eight, students may place themselves in honors and AP courses, provided they meet a course’s prerequisites.
Because students learn and grow and different rates, from year to year, students may move in and out of the TAG program in their academic careers. In no way does participating in the district’s TAG program guarantee admission to honors and AP courses in later years, nor does not being selected for TAG programs prevent a student from taking such courses at a later time.