Gifted and Talented Program
Rochelle I.S.D. provides educational programs to meet our student needs. One of the programs offered is the Gifted & Talented Program which has been planned for young, able learners that perform at an exceptionally higher level than their peers. Think of these behaviors in comparison to other children of the same age. Below you will find a chart that will help explain the difference in a smart or bright student vs. a GIFTED student.
There are various criteria by which the referred students will be evaluated by a committee of educators and administrators. Students must rank in the 93rd percentile or above in the majority of the criteria measured in order to be considered for placement in the program.
If you are interested in having your child referred for the screening and identification process for the Gifted & Talented Program, please contact our GT Coordinator, Karen McWilliams at 243-5224 for a referral form and timeline. Referral forms must be turned in no later than Feb. 8, 2018.
The Rochelle Gifted & Talented Committee
Rochelle ISD Gifted Education Program
Bright vs. Gifted
There is a difference between a bright student and a gifted student. The bright student is a pleasure to teach, is eager to please and learns easily. She/he often receives honors for academic achievement during school. However, gifted learners are even more distinct in their thinking and often stand out as quite different.
|BRIGHT STUDENT||GIFTED STUDENT|
|Knows the answer||Asks deeper questions|
|Is very interested||Is highly curious|
|Is attentive||Is mentally and physically involved|
|Has good ideas||Has wild, strange ideas|
|Works hard||Plays around yet always does well on tests|
|Answers the question||Discusses details of the answer & elaborates|
|Top group||Well beyond the top group|
|Listens with interest||Shows strong feelings/opinions on the subject|
|Learns with ease||Already knows it somehow|
|6-8 repetitions for mastery||1 or 2 repetitions for mastery|
|Understands new ideas||Constructs abstractions|
|Enjoys peers||Prefers working with adults, other gifted peers or alone|
|Grasps the meaning||Draws inferences and opens up new questions|
|Completes assignments||Initiates extra projects|
|Is receptive||Is intense|
|Copies accurately||Creates a new design instead|
|Enjoys school||Enjoys learning whatever the setting|
|Absorbs new information||Manipulates new information|
|Good memorizer||Draws from vast information store within to answer correctly|
|Is alert||Is keenly observant – remembers fine details|
|Pleased with his/her own learning||Highly self-critical to the point of tantrums when young|
|Enjoys straight-forward presentations||Thrives on complexity|