The primary purpose of the Gifted and Talented Program is to serve the academically gifted and talented students of our school district. Students are identified for this program by assessment on a standardized cognitive test, achievement tests, in combination with teacher recommendation scores. Identified elementary students receive pull out services in a resource room provided by the Gifted and Talented teacher. ISD 196 has selected the Otis-Lennon School Abilities test to measure cognitive ability. The test is administered to all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in October when they take the Standford achievement Tests which are used to measure academic learning. If a child qualifies for gifted and talented services, a letter of notification and permission to participate is sent home to the child's parents.
The GT curriculum includes units in creative thinking, critical thinking, problem solving, invention, research, and selected special topics. The GT curriculum may include some enrichment activities that relate to the classroom curriculum, but it is not designed to accelerate any academic areas taught in the classroom. Core curriculum enrichment is handled within the regular classroom and may include ability grouping for certain subject areas. Flexible grouping techniques are also used within the regular classroom to meet the needs of high ability students. Gifted and talented students meet with the GT teacher for 30-90 minutes per week.