Gifted and Talented Learners
Who are gifted and talented learners in Oklahoma City Public Schools?
Children are gifted when their ability is significantly above the norm for their age. Giftedness may present in one or more areas such as academics (reading, writing, math, science, etc.), creativity, leadership, critical thinking, or the visual and/or performing arts. Not all gifted children look or act alike and they are present in all student groups, regardless of gender, disability, English language proficiency, economic status, ethnic, or cultural background.
Why identify them?
- To find which students perform at, or show the potential for performing at an outstanding level when compared with others of the same age, experience, or environment
- To match the most appropriate level of service (curriculum, instruction, and support) to the student’s needs in order to produce advanced achievement
How will gifted and talented learners be identified?
All students in the first grade or new to the district will be given the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test- Second Edition (NNAT2) to test for giftedness. A student may also be referred for screening for gifted by a parent/guardian, a teacher or other staff member, the student themselves, or any other individual with knowledge of the student. Students scoring at the 97th percentile or higher will be identified as gifted. Students may also be identified as gifted through multiple criteria which could be a combination of academic test scores, parent and/or teacher recommendation, and NNAT2 scores.
Why screen all 1st graders?
Our goal is to find and nurture gifted students of all cultural and socioeconomic groups. By screening all students at some point in their elementary years, we will find students who are performing at advanced levels, and those who have the potential and ability to perform at advanced levels. Research has shown that culturally, linguistically and economically diverse students are less likely to be referred for screening for advanced programs. Equity of opportunity will ensure a larger, more diverse talent pool.
What is the NNAT2?
The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2) is a nonverbal, culturally neutral assessment of general abilities ideal for diverse populations.
What if a student is not identified as a gifted and talented learner this year?
A student that does not score high enough to be identified this year may take the test again the following school year.