The creation of individual plans for gifted students is part of one district’s efforts to ensure their gifted education program gets an overhaul.
According to Judy Minor, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in Oswego’s Community Unit School District 308, the plans are student profiles enabling the tracking of students yearly in order to offer the best services.
Currently the district screens students in second grade for signs of giftedness. However they will soon begin the assessment in Kindergarten, to note their interests and development. Students will also be flagged for assessment when they are older if they perform well on standardized tests or if a teacher recommends it.
“Every student deserves to have at least one year’s growth in their learning, and where they come in might just be at a higher level than other students,” Minor said.