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Academic Identification

Twice Exceptional (2e)

Twice-exceptional students are those who are identified as gifted AND are identified with a state/federal qualified disability that qualifies them for either an IEP or a 504 plan.

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) or Haroutounian Observation Scales 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.

Identifying GT in Psychomotor (Movement)

This video shows the process for identifying a student as gifted in psychomotor. The body of evidence includes an observation scale, portfolio of skills, and a performance game assessment.

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APS Theatre Festival

APS Theatre Festival

Check out the performances of the APS Theatre Festival adjudicated by theatre professionals from around the community to help identify students as gifted in the performing arts.

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).