Talented and Gifted
Dr. Daniel Moran, Supervisor
Mary Gran, Secretary
Differentiated instruction, in which gifted students are met at their levels and challenged with appropriate assignments, begins in kindergarten and continues throughout students’ academic careers until graduation.
From kindergarten to third grade, students are supported by differentiated instruction by their general education teachers. Assessment data including reading levels, writing skills, math assessments, and classroom performance are used to determine the level of differentiation and rigorous content provided to each student.
For a fourth- or fifth-grade student to be identified as “gifted,” he or she must score a 5 on the PARCC ILA and Math assessments and a 90 on the End-of-Year math assessment; he or she must also finish the year at a higher reading level than that set as the end-of-year benchmark.
While differentiation continues in fourth-grade classrooms, Reading and Math Specialists push in, as needed, to support gifted students. The TAG teacher may also share resources and collaborate with the general education teacher.
In grade five, all students complete a passion project based off the work of Andi McNair’s Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry. As with all other subjects, instruction is differentiated to accommodate students who are struggling as well as those who are gifted. The TAG teacher cycles through elementary schools to co-teach Genius Hour lessons with classroom teachers. Each cycle lasts for one marking period.
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.
In no way does being identified as “gifted” guarantee admission to honors or AP courses in later years, nor does not being identified as “gifted” prevent a student from taking such courses at a later time.