With the success of these special needs programs, which include one-on-one support, smaller class sizes, and modified curriculum options, many public schools are beginning to apply the same approach for gifted children, creating programs and classes that are targeted to their unique needs and abilities. “TAG” programs, which stand for “Talented and Gifted,” are growing in popularity in public schools. Proponents believe that TAG programs will help gifted students to enhance their own diverse learning abilities.
This video explains what gifted education entails.
Who are “Gifted” Students?
- Students who require classroom/curriculum modifications, including differentiation, advanced class placements, and/or accelerated pacing.
- Students who demonstrate a high potential for advanced learning.
- Student performance scores within the 95th percentile on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, the Cognitive Abilities Test, and/or the Torrance Test of Creativity.
- Student performance scores within the 90th percentile of the Naglieri Non-Verbal Aptitude Test.
- Students must submit teacher recommendations, a student portfolio, and may also need to engage in additional assessments/tests. While each state and school has its own form of assessing and identifying TAG students, Des Moines’ approach is a solid representation of the intense evaluation process that most schools enforce.
This video explains how to work with schools when dealing with talented and gifted children.