A burning issue this summer is receiving a lot of attention, as changed in a gifted program create parental anxiety.
There are approximately 2,500 eligible children for the Davis Joint Unified School District’s gifted program. Last month, the trustees voted to stop accepting private test results for entry into the Alternative Instructional Model (AIM), due to concerns that an elite program was detrimental to students who did not qualify, and some high achieving children lost their access due to high demand.
Private test results for admission to the gifted program will not be accepted starting in 2016. The board is working to develop a plan so that classrooms include students of all school levels.
The history of allowing parents to have children tested privately for admission to AIM, also known as Gifted And Talented Education (GATE), if they don’t score highly on a district test, has created an increased number of children who are eligible. Several years ago, the district created a lottery for entry, as there were more eligible children than classroom seats.