2015-16 Elementary Gifted Services and Identification


Gifted Services

PALS PT (Pull-Together) Grades 3-6   High ability students in grades 3-6 will meet in pull-together at three full-day events throughout the school year with other students of like ability and interest. They will engage in inquiry and problem-based learning with a STEM focus that develop critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving skills. Students who participated in PALS-PT and PALS Math last year will be combined into the PALS PT group. 4-6th grade students who participated in PALS-PT and PALS Math last year will continue to be served in this group, and will be joined by new 3rd graders. Students will be bused to the GLC from district elementary schools to three full day symposium events held throughout the school year.

The goals of this program include:

Students will engage in appropriately challenging and rigorous learning that deepens their understanding and application of research, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.

Students will have opportunities to engage in discussion and inquiry with students of similar ability in order to respectfully and clearly share ideas, develop collaboration abilities, and develop social and intellectual relationships. Group work will require good communication and collaboration skills.

Exemplary scores on above-level Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will qualify students for these services: typically scores at the 95th percentile and above, with some consideration for local norms. Once students qualify to attend in 3rd grade, they will be invite to continue attending through 6th grade.

 

Writer’s Symposium, Grades 4-6   The Writer’s Symposium Series will provide high ability student writers in grades 4-6 with an opportunity to learn, work, produce, and relate as a community of active writers, with a focus on creative writing. Students will be bused to the GLC from Provo District’s elementary schools to three full day symposium events held throughout the school year.

Symposium events will include keynote addresses by local authors, whole group and break-out sessions, opportunities for brainstorming and writing exercises, the giving and receiving of feedback, and peer interaction with students of similar ability and interest. Symposium instructors will include local authors, district literacy specialists, and gifted education specialists.

Goals for the Writer’s Symposium include:

To provide an appropriate level of writing instruction for high ability students that increases their ability and motivation to write effectively,

To create mentor and peer relationships that provide feedback and affirmation to student writers, and foster a writing community in the district,

To collaborate with our community’s writing talent to foster the level of thinking and communication that will be key to our students’ and society’s future in a changing world.

Students who are identified as gifted in Language Arts (Cognitive Abilities Test Verbal Battery and 3rd grade Language Arts CRT assessment) and who have demonstrated high ability and motivation as writers will be invited to participate in Writer’s Symposium. Once students qualify to attend in 4th grade, they will be invite to continue attending through 6th grade.

 

Gifted Testing

3rd Grade Gifted Testing

15-20% of 3rd graders at each neighborhood school will be tested before the end of October to qualify students for gifted services. A list will be provided for each elementary school of students who should be included in the testing, based on data from 2nd grade assessments. 3rd grade teams may add others—to create a list of 15-20% of students on their grade level, based on achievement and gifted characteristics (information about gifted characteristics will be provided).

6th Grade Gifted Testing

Gifted testing will be provided at neighborhood schools in January-February for 6th graders to qualify 6th graders for gifted services in middle school. This testing will NOT be needed to qualify students for honors classes, as in previous years. The 2¼-hour testing session will be arranged with each principal. A list of students that the Teaching and Learning Office plan to test will be provided for each 6th grade team (students served in PALS and CAS). 6th grade teams may add the names of 6th grade students who are new to the district or who can be documented as in the top 5-7%, based on achievement and gifted characteristics (information about gifted characteristics will be provided).

Testing for Students Who Are New to the District

Students who are new to the district in grades 4-5 (or who move in after 3rd and 6th grade testing at neighborhood schools) who have demonstrated high ability may participate in quarterly gifted testing at the district office, in the Executive Conference Room on one of the following early-out Thursdays:

       October 1st, 2:00-5:00 p.m.                 December 3rd, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

       February 4th, 2:00-5:00 p.m.               March 31st, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

If a parent of a student who has received gifted services in another district have test results from the testing that qualified their child for those services, they may submit them to the Teaching and Learning Office to help in the process of qualifying their child for gifted services in Provo City School District.

Parents must register for gifted testing by contacting Renae Deighton (renaed@provo.edu).   Students who have already participated in district gifted testing may not re-test without the approval of Anne-Marie Harrison, after their parent has completed an appeal form, which can be requested from Renae Deighton (renaed@provo.edu).