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Academic Identification

Talent Identification

APS Gifted and Talented juries identify students in the talent domains twice a year. Juries will review portfolios and assess performances using normed rubrics. More information can be obtained by contacting GT Leaders in schools. Only students who have been tested by their schools using the Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) and received a 95th percentile or above score will be invited to juries.

Flowchart for Identifying Students Gifted in Talent Areas

This slideshow for identifying students in talent areas outlines the process. GT Leaders and Specials Teachers (Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education) in schools should communicate often to support each other in identifying students who are gifted in talent areas.

Click here for information on scoring and norming the Musical Aptitude Profile (MAP) that can be used for screening and testing students for giftedness in music.

Identifying Musically Gifted

Here is an introductory video regarding the piloting of the jury process by the APS Music Advisory Council.


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Identifying GT in the Visual Arts

This video captures some of the performance assessment for identification in Visual Arts. The Visual Arts Advisory Council evaluated student portfolios separately from the performance assessment.

Universal Screening

All 2nd graders in APS are screened for gifted and talented identification either with the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) or the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).