Gifted & Talented

What does it mean to be “Gifted”? 

According to the Colorado Department of Education: “Gifted children” means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so outstanding that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs.  Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations.

How is a child identified gifted in PSD?

The gifted identification process builds a “body of evidence” which includes achievement scores, cognitive abilities/intelligence test scores, behavior characteristics, and demonstrated performance.  Within these domains, a gifted student will show scores in the 95th percentile or above (or a predetermined score) on a qualitative measure that demonstrates gifted potential.  

In order to qualify for gifted education services, the student needs at least three qualifying indicators that span two different areas of the body of evidence.  No two scores may come from the same assessment.  Qualifying indicators include scores in the 95th percentile or higher, exceeds expectations on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or a predetermined score on a qualitative assessment.  For example, a student may have a qualifying CogAT Verbal score, a Reading MAP score, and Exceeds Expectations on Reading CMAS.

What does Gifted Education look like at Bacon Elementary?

Bacon Elementary School offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of our Gifted students. All gifted students will have an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) that addresses goals and programming for his/her specific area(s) of giftedness (Reading, Math, or Creativity).  Students meet with the Gifted Site Coordinator and School Counselor three times a year to establish and review ALP goals and for lessons focused on affective goals.

Students in grades K-3 who have been identified gifted in math and/or reading, and students (K-5) who are identified in the area of creativity, will be provided opportunities for enrichment in their classrooms.

4th and 5th graders who have been identified in math and/or reading will receive differentiation within their classrooms, in addition to pull-out services provided by the gifted teacher. Beginning in 4th grade and continuing through 5th, students who are identified gifted in language arts will have the opportunity to participate in an enrichment reading group. Also beginning in 4th grade, students who are identified gifted in the area of math may be invited to participate in replacement math class that moves at an accelerated pace.