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Gifted and Talented Selection Process

Our G&T programs are designed to give advanced learners the opportunity to enhance and refine their problem solving skills.  However, it is also designed to be responsive to differing intellectual growth of children.  Neuroplasticity shows us that gifted students are not born being gifted, they develop through challenge and based on developmental readiness.  We seek out the students that are ready for additional challenges and to deepen their ability to think logically, creativily, and critically about the world.  

K - 2:  Teacher Discretion Based on Multiple Measures:  Gifted and Talented is integrated into the classroom activities when students demonstrate that they have already mastered the grade level topics or curriculum.  Teachers determine this through preassessment and monitoring students during the learning.  Students move fluidly into and out of this advanced group as they mature and progress.  Change is frequent due to the developmental readiness of students.  

3 - 8:  There is a two-stage selection process that begins with either a parent or teacher referral for the program.  Second grade parents and teachers are welcome to complete these referal forms for entering third graders.  Then, standardized test scores are collected, report cards, and other work samples are reviewed.  In the second stage, students will complete a writing sample and take a placement test as an additional data point for G&T.  A committee then convenes in June and reviews all available data to make selection for G&T.  Selection is done for the Curriculum Plus, Middle School G&T, and ASPIRE Programs.  



Curriculum Plus and the middle school G&T classes are more selective because the students must have already mastered the grade level material.  ASPIRE seeks to offer enrichment to a larger number of G&T students and recognizes stregnths in various areas.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Why don't you have a formal G&T Program for grades K-2?

We do have a program, but it focuses on flexible grouping that avoids labeling students.  In the early grades, variability has more to do with learning readiness and maturity than giftedness.  Additionally, students are developing their strengths in these early grades and getting foundational skills for reading and mathematics, skills that should not be missed.  The K-2 gifted and talented curriculum is intended to extend these skills but be flexible enough for students to only have enrichment where needed.  If parents feel that their child needs additional challenge, please speak with the teacher so that they can target additional challenge within the classroom.  

What criteria do you use for selecting for G&T?

We use the following criteria:  Parent rating scale, parent comments, teacher rating scale, teacher comments, a cognitive achievement test, standardized test scores, STAR 360 scores, Lexile scores, CAT scores, and a writing sample.  Our goal is to identify students based on academic abilities, leadership, and creativity.  Each score is entered into a matrix and evaluated by a team of administrators before placement.  

Who is accepted into the ASPIRE Program?

We look for a diverse sampling of student strengths to be part of the program.  Acceptance is not as rigorous becuase it is not replacing the curriculum.  Instead, studenets come with a strength and develop additional stregnths by interacting with the other students and doing engaging after school programs.

Who is accepted into the Curriculum Plus Program?

These students are the highest achievers as noted in all areas of the G&T rubric and have likely already mastered parts of the curriculum.  As such, they need a replacement curriculum that extends beyond the State standards that they already show mastery in.  This differentiation is done within the classroom, but involves different resources and materials as necessary.  

Mt. Olive Board of Education
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Flanders, New Jersey 07836
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