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Gifted & Talented

 
Smithville Independent School District
Gifted & Talented (G/T) Advanced Academics Program
2020-2021 School Year
Grades K-12
 
 
Purpose and Goal
The G/T program is designed to meet the needs of students with the potential to be gifted in the areas of
general intellectual ability. Emphasis of the G/T program is on providing a learning environment and
activities that will foster development of critical thinking, creative skills, problem-solving skills, and
independent study/research skills. In addition, each child will be helped to develop a healthy self-concept
and quality peer relations. This will be accomplished through a curriculum that allows for advanced, as
well as self-centered content matter, and the utilization of community-based resources.

The goal of our G/T Advanced Academics Program is to provide a differentiated and enriched academic
environment. Instructional methods and materials are designed to develop complex thinking processes
that enhance independent study and personal effectiveness.

Nomination
Parents, community members, counselors and teachers, as well as students themselves, may nominate
potential candidates. Nomination forms may be found at each campus. Please see the campus principal
for more information.

Program/Services
Students currently enrolled in grades 1st – 12th are screened and tested for the G/T program in October
with services beginning in late Fall. Students in Kindergarten are screened in late Fall with services
beginning prior to the Spring semester. Students enrolled in grades 1st – 11th, not enrolled in the G/T
program, will also be screened and tested in the spring of each school year. Transfer students identified
as G/T are reviewed by a campus selection committee to determine placement.

Identified students in grades K – 5th are provided services within a specialized G/T classroom. At the
junior high, Pre-AP classes, Destination Imagination and Texas Future Problem Solvers are offered for
our identified G/T students.
Our high school students receive G/T instruction through specialized G/T projects, Pre-AP and AP
classes, and dual credit courses.

Assessment & Placement
Students are screened and assessed using some of the following assessment instruments:
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) (K-2nd)
Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scales-Second Edition (K-12th)
Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test-Third Edition (K – 12th)
Otis-Lennon School Ability Test-Eighth Edition (3rd – 12th)
STAAR – Academic Recognition (3rd – 12th)
SAGES-2 (K-3rd)

● Math & Science, Language Arts & Social Studies
● Reasoning

Teacher and Parent rating scales (K-12th) Selection into the G/T program will be determined by a
campus committee. Admittance into the program will be based upon the screening and testing process
setup using the district criteria as set forth by Board policy.
 
Questions concerning the G/T Advanced Academics Program can be addressed to the campus principal
where the child attends school or
Michael Caudill, Assistant Superintendent, 512-237-2487, mcaudill@smithvilleisd.org