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Gifted & Talented Program

About The Program


Centennial Academy Gifted and Talented Program
This year, the Gifted and Talented program at Centennial has made some changes to our program we feel will continue our quality programming and increases our commitment to raising scholar achievement. We will be serving our gifted scholars utilizing two gifted program delivery models; Resource and Advanced Content. The changes we have made will allow us to provide rigorous and challenging curriculum through differentiated and accelerated instruction to meet the needs of individual scholars.

Resource Class - Gifted at Georgia Aquarium
Resource classes will serve gifted scholars and scholars who qualify for talent development through the gifted screening process. Resource curriculum is based on the Georgia curriculum standards with interdisciplinary enrichment activities delivered at an accelerated rate. Scholars will continue to be served at Georgia Aquarium, which provides a unique and experiential learning environment, and an opportunity to provide “real world” connections to the curriculum. Scholars in grades 1, 3, and 4 will be served using the Resource Model.

Advanced Content
Advance Content classes will serve gifted scholars and scholars who have demonstrated exceptional ability and motivation in math and/or science. The following criteria will be used to identify those gifted and high-ability learners in these areas.
Advanced Content 5th Grade:

  • Gifted and High Achievers with mathematics Milestone or STAR score of 90% or greater.
  • Advanced Content 2nd Grade:
    Gifted and High Achievers with STAR math or reading score of 90% or greater.
Scholars in grades 2 and 5 will be served using Advance Content or Resource Model. Those gifted scholars who do not qualify for advance content classes will be serviced through the Resource Model.


Contact
If you have any questions regarding the gifted program, please contact Gifted and Talented Program contact teachers:

A. Pollard Photo

Mrs. Adele Pollard: apollard@centennialacademycharter.org


N. Jackson photo

Ms. Najula Jackson: Njackson@centennialacademycharter.org

Referral Process

Gifted Referral Process
Gifted and Talented Education at Centennial Academy provides differentiated instruction for the intellectually advanced and creatively gifted scholar. Gifted services are available for students in first through eighth grade.

First Look Screening
First look refers to scholars who have not been previously tested and/or do not have current test data (less than two years old) available. These scholars are screened though:
  • Automatic Screening:
    Scholars who score 90% > on district administered achievement (Grades K-8)
    Scholars who scored 90%> on the latest Georgia Milestones EOG (Grades 4-8)
  • Classroom Screening:
    All school staff completes the Traits, Aptitudes, and Behavior (TAB’s) Instrument to observe scholars for the demonstration of 10 gifted behaviors. Scholars receiving a minimum score out of 50 will be referred.
  • Parental Referral:
    Parents may complete a Gifted Referral and Parental Permission Form and submit it to the eligibility team for review.
Second Look
Second look refers only to scholars who have been previously tested and found ineligible for gifted services with current data (less than two year old)

How are Scholars Assessed

Assessments
The following instruments may or may not be used:

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)?
The CogAT is a group-administered mental ability test. The CogAT assesses the level and pattern of cognitive development of scholars from Kindergarten through grade 12. The test measures general and specific reasoning abilities in three domains: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. These abilities reflect the overall efficiency of cognitive processes and strategies that enable individuals to learn new tasks and solve problems.
The 96th percentile is the minimum qualifying score.

What are STAR Assessments
All STAR assessments are computer-adaptive tests (CATs) and is used to screen students for their reading and math achievement levels. The 90th percentile is the minimum qualifying score in reading or math

What is the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT)?
The Figural TTCT is a group-administered creativity test requiring pictorial responses. Scholars use their imagination, solve problems, think of new ideas, and elaborate on their responses. The TTCT is administered in one test session, lasting approximately one hour. The 90th percentile is the minimum qualifying score.

What is the Gifted Rating Scales (GRS)
GRS is a 10 question rating scale completed by teachers familiar with the scholar. The highest score will be utilized for eligibility determination. The 90th percentile is the minimum qualifying score

What is the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT)
The NNAT is a mental ability test the provides a nonverbal assessment. It is designed to assess the reasoning ability of students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The 96th percentile is the minimum qualifying score.

Eligibility

The Gifted and Talented Program identifies gifted students based upon State Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-38. All students are screened once a year for the gifted program. If a student is referred for the gifted program, data is collected in the areas of multiple criteria: mental ability, achievement, creativity, and motivation. In order for students to be eligible for gifted services, they must qualify in at least three of the following four areas:

  • Mental Ability: 96th percentile component or composite score on a nationally-normed test of mental ability
  • Creativity: 90th percentile score on a nationally-normed creativity test; or a score of 90 on a scale of 1-100 on a product or performance evaluated by a panel of three or more qualified evaluators.
  • Achievement: 90th percentile score in total reading, total math, or complete composite on a nationally-normed achievement test.
  • Motivation: 90th percentile on a standardized motivational characteristics rating scale; or a score of 90 on a scale of 1-100 on a product or performance evaluated by a panel of three or more qualified evaluators.

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