Given that all students have a right to appropriate educational opportunities and resources, the El Paso Independent School District affirms that gifted and talented students have unique needs and abilities that must be addressed.
In order for these students to reach their potential and to make positive contributions to society, gifted programs must provide them with stimulating, challenging curricula modified in depth, complexity, and pacing. In addition, gifted programs must promote mastery of high-level concepts and skills, leading to sophisticated products and performances.
State Goal for Services for Gifted Students
Students who participate in services for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment and reflect individuality and creativity. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted children will have produced products and performances of professional quality.
The district's goals for gifted and talented students are aligned to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students:
Goal 1: Student Assessment
Multiple assessments and criteria will identify students from varied backgrounds for program services, measure diverse abilities and intelligence's, and provide students opportunities to demonstrate their talents and strengths.
Goal 2: Program Design
Flexible gifted and talented program options will be supported by appropriate resources to provide a continuum of learning experiences in creative and critical thinking, complex problem solving, independent learning, leadership, and creative productivity.
Goal 3: Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum and Instruction for the gifted and talented will ensure students an array of opportunities to excel as a result of curriculum design with depth and complexity, flexible pacing and acceleration, independent study, and assessment.
Goal 4: Professional Development
Ongoing professional development will ensure that all personnel involved in the support, planning, development, or delivery of services to gifted and talented students have the expertise necessary to offer appropriate options and curricula.
Goal 5: Family-Community Development
The district will provide educational services and emotional and social support for families and students that will facilitate interaction among schools, community, administrators, and legislative bodies.
For more information on the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, go to www.tea.state.tx.us/