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Gifted and Talented

What is the gifted and talented program?

Tulsa Public Schools' Gifted and Talented program identifies and provides appropriate educational experiences for students who give evidence of high performance capability in areas such as intellectual ability, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic areas. We provide opportunities or experiences to fully develop such capabilities that are not ordinarily provided by the school curricula.

Qualifying for gifted and talented programs

How do students qualify?

Any student K-12 who attains 97th percentile composite score or above on a nationally standardized test of intellectual ability will qualify for gifted services.

Students will also be considered for gifted services under the Multi-Criteria category of gifted according to district standards and in compliance with state regulations in the following categories: Subject Area, Visual/Performing Arts, Leadership, and Creativity.

Test scores from other districts or private psychologists will be accepted if they meet the district and site criteria.

What tests are used to determine eligibility?

Qualifying tests of intellectual ability include:

  • Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)
  • Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2)
  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) – administered to all district 2nd grade students

When are students identified for gifted and talented programs?

Identification is an ongoing process, with testing offered throughout the school year as needed.

To request that your child be tested for gifted services, please contact your school site’s gifted coordinator. Complete the gifted test nomination/behavioral checklist (G1) linked at right and return it to your Site Gifted Coordinator. Testing will be scheduled at that time.

In addition, that Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is administered to all district 2nd grade students to determine gifted and talented eligibility.

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Gifted and Talented Offerings

Elementary

SPARK Program

Social/Emotion development
Problem Solving, & Perseverance
Achievement in Academics & the Arts
Research/Rigor 
Knowledge

  • Identified gifted students in Kindergarten-6th grades are provided gifted services through the SPARK weekly pull-out program with the site’s Gifted Coordinator and also within the regular classroom.
  • The school site Gifted Coordinator serves as the pullout instructor, consults with and provides resources for classroom teachers, models gifted strategies in the regular classroom, and works with identified gifted students in small groups on special projects.

SPARK Program Highlights

  • 21st Century Critical/Creative Thinking Skills
    • Convergent thinking skills
    • Divergent thinking skills
  • Affective Curriculum
    • Academic Mindsets
    • Character
    • Goal Setting
    • Career and Leadership
    • Social/Emotional Development
  • Cognitive Curriculum
    • STEAM
    • Independent study/PBL/Research
    • Social Studies/Integrated Lesson
    • Literacy
    • Mathematical thinking and reasoning
  • Competitions
    (i.e. math, chess, engineering, geography, the arts, spelling)
  • Curriculum Compacting
  • Differentiation within the regular classroom

Middle School/Junior High

  • Identified gifted students in Magnet Programs grades 6th-8th and Junior High grades 7th-8th are offered gifted services through content areas and electives.
  • The school site Gifted Coordinator consults with and provides resources for classroom teachers, models gifted strategies in the regular classroom, and works with identified gifted students.

Middle School/Junior High Options for Gifted Students

  • Differentiation within the regular classroom
  • Elective (by semester)
  • Pre-AP/Advanced
  • MYP 
    Part of the International Baccalaureate Program) offered at Carver only
  • Acceleration
    Educational intervention based on progress through an educational program at a faster normal rate or younger than typical age
  • Competitions

High School

High School Options for Gifted Students

  • Honors/Advanced
  • Advanced Placement
    Courses that will confer college credit upon successful completion of a standardized examination
  • International Baccalaureate
    A system of challenging courses which prepare students for life in a global society (available at Booker T. Washington only)
  • Concurrent/Dual Enrollment
    Students receive both high school and college credit for one university course

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