Parents and Teachers
any school, home, or workplace, people have different abilities and ways of
learning. This page is designed to assist you in answering, or locating,
answers to many questions we have about our gifted, talented, and
exceptional children and their education.
Gifted children do not all
have gifted parents, use what you know about your child to advocate and
fight for the right to an education suited for his abilities.
believe your child is gifted and talented and needs to be challenged. What
are some things you want to know, need to know, and how can you find the
Is there a definition of gifted that I can use to say that is my
|Georgia does not have a set definition
of what it is to be gifted, but the department of education does
have guidelines to follow when determining eligibility of a student for
gifted programs. |
|Definitions include components of
creativity, social skills, intelligence, achievement, or any combination
|A list of characteristics may be found
Who can nominate a child for testing into the gifted programs?
|Anyone who has personal knowledge of a
child and his abilities or performance in a specific subject area can
nominate a student for entrance into the gifted program.|
|Teachers are usually the ones who see
the potential and realize the benefits that participating within the
program can off. However, parents can suggest and or nominate, and in rare
cases a student can nominate himself.|
How does Georgia decide who is gifted?
|For an in depth look at the guidelines
for determining whether a child is gifted, they can be found at
GA Dept. of Ed (search for Gifted
Resource Manual). (A basic pamphlet is available
Creativity – must be at least 90th percentile on a recognized
test or evaluation of a product|
Students must meet the following requirements: An intelligence test
scoring at the 96th percentile as well as one of the following,
OR 3 out of 4 of the following evaluation of a product.|
– Evaluation by persons who observe the student, an approved rating scale
that shows characteristics of motivation, or a combined GPA of 3.5 or
or cognitive abilities test – 96th percentile|
and or reading – 90th percentile on a standardized test (Iowa
Test Basic Skills (ITBS),
Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT
What tests are designed to show a child's gifts and talents?
are many tests available to test intelligence and cognitive abilities.
Even though each district chooses the tests it believes will demonstrate
the child’s abilities, all tests are
page has a listing of possible tests and links to them.
What issues might a gifted child, identified or not, face?
all want what is best for our children, but sometimes we have to let them
practice and fail before they find their own strengths and the
determination to continue. To know when to stand back is the trick. Some
issues a child might face are changing friendships, lack of confidence,
interest doesn't match people's ideas of appropriateness for the
male/female choice (boy wanting to be a dancer), and being told to be
think but then not being allowed to express what they believe.|
When these children explore their interests, old friends feel
threatened and jealous which can cause painful and ugly stories to
begin as well as a feeling of loneliness because the children don't
know how to handle all things regardless of their abilities in other
|New friends might
be older because of similar interests, but how old is too old will be
up to individuals and circumstances.|
|Outwardly a gifted
child may appear confident and ready for new challenges, but if they
begin to lose interest it might be time to see what is happening in
the classroom, other students reactions can create a place of learning
that is uncomfortable. |
|Ideas about male and
|Not all girls want
to cook, and not all boys want to be mechanics, how we react to those
children with interests outside of what we believe is normal can
greatly affect their confidence and freedom to explore. We want to
encourage all children to enjoy what they do and support them in
becoming successful people who believe in themselves.|
of the most difficult things for children and adults is to know when
to stop and listen to others. An old saying, "Children should be seen
and not heard," is still practiced, but we need to allow our children
a chance to explore their opinions and defend their positions in order
to learn from them, share ideas, and still teach them from our
these are still children and they will surprise you with their escapades
that we often think they have outgrown just because they are advanced in
some way. They still need to play and interact with children their age and
enjoy the moments you help wisely provide.
How can you help your child to improve, stay motivated, and feel
confident in themselves and their abilities?
How confident do you feel about your ability to help your
child understand and achieve? |
Educate yourself and ask teachers and others involved in the
gifted program to help you understand ways you can learn and participate
within the process with your child.|
Talk to your child as you would regularly about what is
happening at school.|
Provide opportunities for your child to learn a thing at their
pace – if resources (computer or otherwise) are an issue, research your
Libraries, schools and teachers, and local businesses, are a
good source of information.|
Newspapers and magazines can be invaluable tools to use when
wanting information about a child’s interests. |
What options are there for the education of your child?
Different school systems
provide numerous programs, you will need to check and see what is available
where you live. If a program you like is not available, talk to the schools
and school board to decide how to make changes or investigate other options.
Some options are:
|Students meet as a group and receive
instruction in a subject at a faster pace, or a rate that is appropriate
to the individual.|
|Students are introduced to new ideas
that relate to regular coursework but extends knowledge and gives a
wider view of the world.|
|When a student has evidence of being
beyond the current grade level, the option may be to skip ahead to the
grade level which suits the ability. |
|Know your child and his needs.
Investigate school and what they offer. Base decisions on this and not
the fact it is a private school, that may not be the best environment.|
|This option allows you to include as
part of the curriculum challenging subject matter at a rate which is
comfortable and of interest to the child. |
There are many other options which
involve parts of the above. You, the parent, are the only one who can make
the final decision about what is best considering time, costs, and family.
Is my child’s teacher qualified to teach the gifted?
Any teacher can have gifted students in the classroom, but to teach a
gifted class the educator must have the required endorsement to show they
have been trained to respond to those individual needs.|
We have to move to a new district or state; will my child still
|Districts and states do not
reciprocate and automatically enroll a student into their gifted programs.|
|Testing and eligibility guidelines in
effect are used to determine whether the student is accepted. |
My child was served in the gifted program until we moved, now we
are moving back, will the old documentation be acceptable?
Unfortunately this is not acceptable. Your child will need to
be retested and eligibility determined.|
What programs are available for my child to participate in and
interact with other gifted students?
are programs designed for children that are invitation only, fee based,
and fully funded.
– Invitation but free upon acceptance|
Duke TIP – ACT and
SAT testing at an earlier age|
|There are fees
associated with this program. But waivers are also available, check
the instructions and website for more guidelines.
My child has been labeled as gifted and will be working with the
gifted program, what costs will I incur?
|The public schools in
Georgia have a state funded gifted education. This means that classroom
activities, just as in regular classrooms are taught at no extra charge.
However, just as with a normal classroom, there may be fees for activities
requiring travel, and supplies to complete projects.|
What are some federal guidelines that I can use to ensure my child's school
is offering all it should?
| The federal
government does not provide funding or guidelines to states, neither does
it require a state to provide services for gifted education. It does offer
a general definition -
...who give evidence of high achievement
capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or
leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need
services or activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to
fully develop those capabilities.
No Child Left Behind Act,
P.L. 107-110 (Title IX, Part A, Definitions (22) (2002); 20 U.S.C. Sec.
7802 (22) (2004))
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