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Gifted and Talented Philosophy and Rationale

Westampton Township School District believes that all children can learn and reach their full potential, and acknowledges that children enter school with different levels of ability, some of which are unique and extend beyond the capabilities of their peers. These children may be identified as “gifted and talented”, able to meet and exceed their grade level expectations, while also having a distinct acumen for learning and displaying talents not commonly seen at their age. In an effort to meet the needs of these students, the district understands that it must provide instructional adaptations and opportunities in the areas of content, process, product, and/or learning environment to meet the needs of these students, and support them in achieving their highest potential.

The district recognizes that New Jersey State Administrative Code 6:8-4.5(a)4i requires districts to make provisions for identifying and providing services for students who demonstrate talent or giftedness, and has developed a multi-measure measure approach to identify gifted students, while also providing opportunities for students who may not be designated as gifted, but have excelled academically in the classroom.

The district takes into account the PreK-Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards of the Association for Gifted Children, the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, as well as other professional literature on giftedness, when designing and revising its gifted and talented program.

Screening Criteria

Multiple criteria will be used to screen children for possible inclusion in the gifted and talented program. The criteria include:

Grade Level Entering Assessment Type Subject Area of Assessment
Kindergarten Kindergarten Diagnostic Instrument (KDI) Vocabulary
Fox in the Box Comprehension
Running Records Reading Fluency and Comprehension
Teacher and parent recommendation Language Arts
SAGE-2 (Screening Assessment for Gifted Students) Language Arts and Mathematics
Scholastic Reading Inventory Reading
1st grade Fox in the Box Comprehension
Teacher and parent recommendation Language Arts
Running Records Reading Fluency and Comprehension
SAGE-2 (Screening Assessment for Gifted Students) Language Arts and Mathematics
Scholastic Reading Inventory Reading
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) scores Reading and Mathematics
2nd-3rd grade Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) scores Language Arts and Mathematics
Running Records Reading Fluency and Comprehension
Scholastic Reading Inventory Reading
Grades from the previous year Language Arts and Mathematics
Recommendations from teachers and parents Language Arts and Mathematics
SAGE-2 (Screening Assessment for Gifted Students) Language Arts and Mathematics
4th-6th grade PARCC scores from the previous school year Language Arts and Mathematics
Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) scores Language Arts and Mathematics
Grades from the previous year Language Arts and Mathematics
Scholastic Reading Inventory Reading
Running Records Fluency and Comprehension
Teacher recommendations; Parent recommendations Language Arts and Mathematics
SAGE-2 (Screening Assessment for Gifted Students) Language Arts and Mathematics
COGAT Scores (Cognitive Abilities Test) 6th grade only Reasoning and Problem Solving
7th-8th grade Orleans-Hanna Algebra Prognosis Test (7th grade for 8th grade Algebra Honors) Mathematics-for 8th grade Algebra Honors placement
Previous grade’s scores on Achievement Tests (PARCC) Language Arts and Mathematics
Language Arts and Math grades for the previous year Language Arts and Mathematics
Teacher and parent Recommendations Language Arts and Mathematics
Sages-2 (Screening Assessment for Gifted Students) Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies

Program Structure

Enrichment Program and Grade Level # of Minutes of Advanced Instruction Instructional Model/Learning Environment*(subject to change)
Enrichment: Kindergarten - 5th grade 45 minutes per day Pull out
STREAM
 (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics): 6th grade cluster
60 minutes per weekPull out
Jr. Model UN: 7th and 8th grade cluster60 minutes per week

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