The Augusta School Department initially implemented a Gifted and Talented Program in the mid-1980’s. Over the years our program has evolved as the State of Maine has refined its expectations and rules regarding programming for the top three to five percent of the student population in the areas of academics and visual and performing arts. Our Gifted and Talented identification process and delivery of services is aligned with the Department of Education’s rules and expectations.
Percentage of students who can be identified for the Gifted and Talented Program
Up to five percent of the student population may be identified for gifted and talented (GT) services.
Students are identified in the following areas:
- General Academic Ability – high ability in all academic areas
- Specific Academic Ability – high ability in math, language arts, social studies, or science
- Visual and Performing Arts – high ability in art, music and/or chorus
Identification for the GT program
District wide identification screening for GT services:
- Initial universal formal screening at the end of third grade for GT services in grades 4 through 6.
- Formal re-screening at the end of sixth grade for GT services in grades 7 through 9.
- Formal re-screening at the end of ninth grade for GT services in grades 10 through 12.
When deemed appropriate below fourth grade or off-year, through teacher or principal referral, a student may be evaluated. Students are re-evaluated at each formal screening and re-screening interval.
Each spring the GT Committee reviews assessment data to identify students for placement in the GT program for the following year. Student names are withheld until after the identification process is completed.
All academic data includes at least 3 assessment scores which are comprised of achievement and cognitive measures. Visual and Performing Arts assessment includes an art assessment designed by the GT teacher and grade level art teachers; performance art assessment is through an audition process with grade level music teachers.
The GT Committee is made up of at least 4 people which includes an administrator or designated representative, GT staff, at least one grade level classroom teacher, and a guidance counselor.
GT Programming Options
Under our district’s GT Consult Model there are multiple ways in which an identified student may be supported:
- Differentiated curriculum within the regular classroom designed together by the GT teacher and Classroom teacher
- Acceleration (allowing a student to participate in one or more specific subjects at a higher grade level within the school day)
- Accelerated or advanced, AP and Honors courses
- On-line or on campus college level courses
- Participation in advanced art and music exhibits, performances and classes