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Gifted & Talented

Mineral Wells ISD is committed to providing a world-class education to all students. Gifted and talented students benefit from designated gifted and talented courses with an emphasis on depth and complexity, project-based learning, and opportunities to make connections locally and globally.

 

Identified gifted and talented students demonstrate abilities in original and creative thinking, exceptionally high achievement, and are self-directed learners. Gifted and talented students often pursue an area of interest or passion through Independent Studies and the Texas Performance Standards Projects.

Spring Nomination Window

Any student grades 1-12 may be nominated for GT testing during this assessment window. Think about how we need to work to get this information out to parents and teachers to help identify characteristics of a gifted and talented learner.

FEBRUARY 1-12, 2018
Kindergarten Nominations: December 7-18 & January 5-8

Texas Definition of Gifted and Talented


Texas Education Code, Subchapter D. Educational Programs for Gifted and Talented Students (1995).

. . . “gifted and talented students” means a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:

exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or excels in a specific academic field.

The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students indicates five categories of giftedness: general intellectual ability, specific academic aptitude, creativity, leadership, and visual/performing arts.
 
Currently Mineral Wells ISD serves students who are identified as advanced intellectually and academically. Their giftedness may surface as an outstanding aptitude in one or more of the areas of language arts, math, science and social studies or in their ability to process information more rapidly with greater depth and complexity. 

General Intellectual Ability
formulates abstractions
processes information in complex ways
observant
excited about new ideas
enjoys hypothesizing
learns rapidly
uses a large vocabulary
inquisitive
self-starter

Specific Academic Aptitude
good memory
advanced comprehension
acquires basic-skills knowledge quickly
widely read in special-interest area
high academic success in special-interest area

Parent Advisory Meeting

The Mineral Wells ISD Gifted & Talented Parent Advisory Committee met on November 10.
The group discussion included work on growth mindset, resources for parents, and looking at the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students.
The group will meet in January and April to work within the framework to help our GT program progress toward an exemplary model.