Supports for Gifted and Advanced Learners

  • Gifted and advanced learners perform or show the potential to perform at high levels academically, artistically, creatively, or in leadership.There are gifted and advanced learners in every grade and at every school, and City Schools is committed to meeting their needs. 

    In 2018-19, gifted and advanced learning services are in place at more than 70 schools serving elementary and middle school students. High school students have opportunities to pursue advanced programming at numerous schools across the district. 

    Nineteen City Schools have received the Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) award from the Maryland State Department of Education and the State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education, recognizing them for their outstanding programs. 
    Additionally, two City Schools teachers were honored by the National Association for Gifted Children as Javits-Frasier scholars.

    How are gifted and advanced learners identified?

    City Schools uses multiple indicators in the identification of gifted and advanced learners. The district universally screens all kindergarten students with an ability assessment and continues to monitor all achievement results throughout the year and each year that students are enrolled. Either the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT3) or the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) is used as an initial identifier, and formal identification then includes data from nationally normed achievement assessments in mathematics and reading (e.g., PARCC, i-Ready, or the Measure of Academic Progress). Gifted learners are those students whose ability and achievement scores fall in the 90th to 99th percentile range (level 5 on PARCC in both ELA and math), while advanced learners are those whose ability and achievement scores fall in the 80th to 89th percentile range (level 4 on PARCC in both ELA and math). 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. City Schools also identifies students for talent development when their ability scores exceed the national average but do not yet qualifty them as advanced or gifted. (See more about identification of gifted and advanced learners outlined in Maryland regulations, COMAR 13A.04.07.) 

    If you feel you or your child may be a gifted or advanced learner, please complete and submit the online referral form. The Gifted and Advanced Learning department in City Schools' Academics Office will review and forward the form to your child's school. You will be notified about the status of the submission at each stage of the process.


    The top 10 truths about gifted education

    Many myths exist about gifted and advanced teaching and learning. The National Association for Gifted Children created the top 10 truths about gifted education to help others better understand what gifted students need and can do.