Legal Authorization for Gifted Education Services
Kentucky offers gifted education services for identified students across all grade levels. Primary students are screened and selected as high potential learners and students in grades 4-12 are formally identified for services in general intellectual aptitude, specific academic aptitude, creative or divergent thinking, psychosocial or leadership skills, and/or visual and performing arts.
|| The Gifted Education Program in the Adair County School District is entitled Mission: Possible.
|Our program is represented by a rocket, symbolizing our "reach for the stars." Our mission is to provide high potential learners with challenging opportunites that will encourage them to value their own unique strengths and the exceptional abilities of others.
Primary Talent Pool
The Primary Talent Pool is a group of students informally selected as having characteristics and behaviors of a high potential learner. PTP participation provides early enrichment for those students whose gifts and talents need to be nurtured in order for those talents to develop further.
Students are identified for participation in the PTP using a minium of three indicators which may include formal test data, teacher referral,parent referral, and/or informal screenings.
Services include pull-out programs, field trips, seminars, enrichment activities,subject acceleration, and collaborative teaching and consultation services.
Gifted/Talented, Grades 4-12
Gifted/Talented students are initially identified in 4th grade, but may be identified at any grade level thereafter. These students are identified in one of 5 areas.
General Intellectual ability is usually reflected in extraordinary performance in a variety of cognitive areas, such as abstract reasoning, logical reasoning, social awareness, memory, nonverbal ability, and the analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of information and a consistently outstanding mental capacity as compared to children of one's age, experience, or environment.
Specific Academic aptitude is, typically, either the potential or ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in one or more specific academic areas (language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) significantly beyond the age, experience, or environment of one's chronlogical peers.
Creativity or divergent thinking ability means the ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in creative thinking and divergent approaches to conventional tasks as evidenced by innovative or creative reasoning, advanced insight and imagination, and solving problems in unique ways.
Visual or performing arts giftedness means the ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in the visual or performing arts and demonstrating the potential for outstanding aesthetic production, accomplishment, or creativity in areas such as art, dance, music, drama, speech, and in activities requiring exceptional gross or fine motor skills.
Psychosocial or leadership ability means the ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in social skills and interpersonal qualities such as poise, effective oral and written expression, managerial ability, and the ability or vision to set goals and organize others to successfully reach those goals.
Each of the areas of G/T identification requires a minimum of three pieces of supporting evidence documenting the student's qualifications for the program. The identification process varies for each area, but most areas require at least one standardized, nationally norm-referenced test score of 96% or above.