Gifted and Talented
Policies and Procedures
The Gifted and Talented Program is guided by district policy 2464 in accordance the Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act.
Students are identified as "gifted and talented" using multiple measures including teacher recommendation and a variety of standardized assessments.
Classroom teachers in Grades K-5 complete a teacher recommendation form for any student who they think possesses or demonstrates a high level of ability when compared to their chronological peers and requires modifications to the educational program. The form is a modified Renzulli checklist.
During September or October, all fourth graders take the Otis-Lesson School Ability Test (OLSAT), which is a school-wide reasoning ability assessment, NOT an intelligence test. Here is more information about this test.
The third piece of data used for identification is the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment, when available
If any individual feels the district is not in compliance with the Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act, they may file a complaint with the Board of Education.
Continuum of Services
All district curriculum documents include instructional adaptations for gifted learners. Often these instructional adaptations take the form of extension activities or supplemental materials.
An extension activity is a task, assignment, or project that extends the learning introduced during the lesson. Extension activities can be completed in small groups or by a single student and typically align with the students’ understandings/skills and their particular needs. In addition to allowing for a deeper level of understanding and additional interaction with content, these activities allow students greater ownership over the learning experience.
Supplemental materials help teachers produce learners who are able to extend their learning outside of the classroom, and allow them to introduce content and instructional strategies that enrich the curriculum, enhance learning, help students make critical judgments, and stimulate their intellectual growth. These materials are typically designed to provide more complete coverage of one or more subjects included in a given course and/or to meet the various learning ability levels of students in a given age group or grade level.
Beginning in Grade 4, students who have been identified as Gifted and Talented will be pulled out of classroom instruction for specialized instruction with a separate teacher at least once a week. This continues to Grade 5. Beginning in Grade 6, students who have been identified as Gifted and Talented are placed in the Enrichment exploratory, which meets on a regular schedule, twice a week.
Beginning in Grade 9 (and Grade 7 for Mathematics), students have the opportunity to pursue advanced coursework. These courses include various Honors, Advanced Placement, and dual enrollment options.