The state of Texas defines a gifted and talented student as 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:
Texas Education Code 29.121
The state of Texas goal is:
Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.
How are these students served in Shamrock ISD?
We provide students identified as gifted and/or talented with differentiated instruction of depth and complexity.
A gifted student is identified as:
Students who qualify for the Gifted and Talented Program will receive appropriate G/T services from specially-trained teachers.
Criteria for gifted education program services include:
Beginning in kindergarten, we consider all students for gifted education services; therefore, parents do not need to apply for program participation.
In January, district staff pull testing data for all students and actively recruit students who meet initial criteria. Upon parental approval, campus G/T teams conduct evaluations in which quantitative and qualitative data are reviewed.
Students who meet the district gifted education program criteria are recommended by each campus for participation in the G/T program at their campus. Program notification letters are mailed to parents by the G/T Department.