GT Parent Information Meeting
November 2, 2017
China Spring Elementary School
Definition of Giftedness (TEC.29.121)
“Gifted and talented student” means a child or youth 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. China Spring I.S.D. recognizes the special needs of youngsters who fit this description and is committed to offering differentiated curriculum that targets the academic and affective needs of these students.
China Spring I.S.D. recognizes the fact that goals which are specific, yet flexible, are an essential part of an effective program designed to meet the needs of gifted and talented students. District program goals will include the following:
Provide a talent pool program for Kindergarten- 2nd grade that allows the students to be provided with open-ended learning experiences that elicit behaviors indicative of giftedness. These learning experiences will focus on creativity and intellectual strengths.
Identify students in grades K-12 who excel consistently or have the potential to excel in one or more of the four (4) core content areas.
Provide differentiated programs for identified students, beyond regular curriculum requirements and offerings.
Identify professional needs and plan opportunities for staff development to train professional and paraprofessional personnel to work effectively with students in the program.
Ensure that all special populations are considered for the program and offered differentiated curriculum when appropriate.
Consider various options for effectively serving identified students.
Inform and seek the involvement of parents and community members in the program for gifted students.
Evaluate program effectiveness on a regular basis, providing a continuum of information targeting evaluation of key features of the program and measuring its effectiveness in relation to student growth and achievement.
China Spring I.S.D. will offer a flexible system of viable program options throughout the district that provide a learning continuum and reinforce the strengths, needs, and interests of gifted and talented students. The district will provide an array of learning opportunities that are commensurate with the abilities of gifted/talented students, and that emphasize content in the four (4) core academic areas (English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies).
Services will be available during the school day as well as the entire school year.
Parents will be informed of the educational options available to identified students.
Program options will enable students to work together as a group; work with other students; and work independently as a direct result of GT program services.
Flexible grouping patterns and pacing will be employed to meet the needs of gifted and talented students.
Identified students will be provided with out-of-school educational opportunities which focus on differentiated learning experiences. These opportunities may include student seminars, meetings with mentors, academic competitions, and field trips addressing in-depth, complex content.
Local Board policies are developed that are consistent with State Board of Education rules on credit by examination and early high school graduation opportunities.
No more than 15% of state funds allocated for gifted/talented education are spent on indirect costs. At least 85% of the funds allocated to gifted/talented education are spent on assessment and services for gifted students. China Spring I.S.D. will encourage input and recommendations from an advisory group that will review gifted and talented program policies and procedures on a regular basis.