The Texas Education Agency ( Tea )

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A Gifted and talented (G/T) student” is “one 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” (Aldine ISD Board Policy Manual, 2014). The Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides a state plan, which outlines the standards for Texas schools to be in compliance. It also offers the educational opportunities these students should receive. In fact, there are performance measures for five aspects of G/T programs including student assessment, service design, curriculum and instruction, professional development, and family and community involvement. The plan assists districts in delivering these comprehensive services to…show more content…
The second compliance standard we discussed was “Identified gifted/talented students are assured an array of learning opportunities that are commensurate with their abilities and that emphasize content in the four (4) foundation curricular areas.” She stated that the G/T students are given additional challenging and creative opportunities to master the content. Furthermore, G/T teachers are required to demonstrate the ways they facilitate the differentiated content for these students. This includes participating in projects and fairs, taking field trips, and encouraging student-centered instruction. The last standard we discussed was “A minimum of thirty (30) clock hours of professional development . . . required for teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the district’s defined gifted/talented services.” She mentioned that Plummer Middle School provides adequate staff developments for educators who are also given a deadline to complete their certification. Teachers are well informed about opportunities to improve professionally and the principal is keen on allowing them to attend these activities (Texas Education Agency, 2009; M. Studer, personal communication, February 16, 2017). The G/T coordinator also pinpointed three areas where the program could improve. At Plummer Middle School, she said there could be more assessments for ELL students. She added that there has been a lower focus for these students since the main priority is for them
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