Medina Valley Independent School District provides a gifted and talented program that is academic in nature and is designed to enhance the educational opportunities for students exhibiting exceptional academic abilities. Scheduling of program activities will be established and coordinated through the GT Specialists in collaboration with campus administration and teachers to fully maximize the opportunities for each gifted student.
All teachers in the district have met the GT state requirements in order to provide differentiated instruction that utilizes the following instructional strategies: curriculum compacting, tiered assignments, flexible grouping, and independent research projects. In addition, the GT Specialists will serve gifted students through a pull-out design twice a week, as well as, support teachers through a job-embedded coaching model.
The mission of Medina Valley ISD’s Gifted & Talented program is to provide an innovative, challenging learning environment that offers students the opportunity to think critically & creatively about complex issues to make valuable contributions to society.
Assessment & Identification Process
Gifted and talented students are identified according to the state’s definition of giftedness.
“A gifted and talented student is a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and 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.” Texas Education Code, Subchapter D, 29.121
The identification process consists of three steps:
- Referral of students for the program (this can be by a parent, teacher, campus administrator, or self)
- Assessment of students using appropriate assessment instruments
- Selection of students using a district profile for whom the gifted program is an appropriate educational placement
Data is collected from multiple sources to determine possible placement in the gifted program. The following assessments are utilized:
- General Abilities Test
- Cognitive Abilities Test
- Achievement Test
Per the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, Section 1.5.1C: Data collected from multiple sources for each area of giftedness served by the district are included in the assessment process for gifted/talented services (19 TAC §89.1(2)).
MVISD will utilize a universal screener for all 2nd graders in the district to identify those who are potentially gifted. If any indicators are present, the student will be referred for further testing.
Through an open referral system, a formal referral window has been established as follows:
Kindergarten: Referrals in December
1st-5th grade: Referrals in January
6th-12th grade: Referrals in September
- Pull-out and/or push-in service design by GT Specialist (K-5)
- Duke TIP (4th and 5th grade)
Middle School Students
- Honors/Pre-AP courses
- Duke TIP (6th and 7th grade)
- UIL competitions
- Electives to embrace problem solving and critical thinking skills - Texas Future Problem Solvers and Robotics Club
High School Students
- Honors/Pre-AP/AP courses
- Dual Credit courses (allows students to earn college credit)
- UIL competitions