In 2016-2017, gifted and advanced learning programs are in place at 28 schools (6 elementary schools, 21 elementary/middle schools, and 1 middle/high school). High school students have opportunities to pursue advanced programming at numerous schools across the district.
City Schools adheres to the requirements stipulated by Maryland regulations (COMAR 13A.04.07) and uses multiple indicators in the identification of gifted and advanced learners. Specifically, City Schools uses nationally normed ability assessments – either the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2) or the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) - as an initial identifier and then uses data from nationally normed achievement assessments in mathematics and reading –typically i-Ready or the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) - to formally identify students. Gifted learners are those students whose ability and achievement scores fall in the 90th to 99th percentile range while Advanced learners are those students whose ability and achievement scores fall in the 80th to 89th percentile range. City Schools also uses motivation scales (GES-3) and creativity assessments (Torrance) in limited cases when students pre-qualify in only one of the two categories of ability or achievement. Similar percentile range scores (90th -99th or 80th – 89th) must be obtained to complete the formal identification process for those students.