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Gifted and Talented Program

The Augusta Public Schools has had a gifted and talented program since the mid-1980’s. Over the years the ASD’s 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. The ASD has aligned its identification process and delivery of services with the Department of Education’s rules and expectations.

What percentage of students in Augusta Public Schools can be identified for the Gifted and Talented Academic Program?

Up to five percent of the student population may be identified for gifted and talented (G/T) 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

When are students identified for the program?

Identification occurs at designated grade levels for G/T services:

  • Initial formal identification at the end of third grade for G/T services in grades 4 through 6.
  • Formal identification at the end of sixth grade for G/T services in grades 7 through 9.
  • Formal identification at the end of ninth grade for G/T services in grades 10 through 12.
  • When deemed appropriate below fourth grade, through teacher or principal referral, students may be evaluated.   Students are re-evaluated at the end of third grade.

How are students identified for the program?

Each spring a committee reviews assessment data at the third, sixth and ninth grade levels to identify students for placement in the G/T program for the following year. Student names are withheld until after the identification process is complete.

All data includes at least 3 assessment scores which include both achievement and cognitive measures.

Who makes the decision as to which students are identified?

The identification committee is made up of at least 4 people which includes: an administrator or designated representative; G/T staff; at least one classroom teacher (at the elementary, one from K-2 and one from 3-6); a guidance counselor (always at the high school level and when possible at elementary level).

What kinds of programming are offered for students who have been identified?

There are multiple ways in which an identified student may be served:

  • Appropriate differentiated curriculum within the regular classroom designed by the classroom teacher
  • Appropriate differentiated curriculum within the regular classroom by the classroom teacher designed in consultation with the Gifted and Talented teacher
  • Acceleration (allowing a student to participate in one or more specific subjects at a higher grade level)
  • Pull out classes for individuals or small groups beginning at the fourth grade level
  • Accelerated or advanced courses
  • On-line or college level courses