This article continues the “Primarily Primary” series with suggestions for implementing a research, product, and presentation process with identified gifted primary grade students using the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP; Texas Education Agency [TEA], 2006-2018a-c) as one way to meet the students’ needs. Along with consideration of the criteria established by the state, this article looks at skills and tools to organize students’ research and findings. In addition to TPSP, other research sources are suggested.
This article explores characteristics of young gifted students in kindergarten and grade 1.
This article provides a brief overview of the current works of various associations and researchers in the field related to professional learning.
Although the State Plan (TEA, 2019) requires evaluation of student growth, the process remains difficult for Texas districts. Assessment beyond on-level state testing is required to adequately assess growth in our gifted learners and in the curriculum and instruction provided to them. Implementation of growth modeling and other suggested effective tools will support assessment of academic growth in gifted learners.
In recent years, the pressure on teachers for their students to perform on state-mandated tests has caused the focus in education to shift to those students who are achieving at or just below academic standards. At the same time, there has been a growing trend of school boards considering the elimination of programs and services for the gifted students in their districts, opting instead to spread these students across heterogeneous general education classrooms. Ability grouping strategies provide schools with opportunities to meet these demands while ensuring that the needs of gifted students are met.