Gifted And Talented Program Portfolios

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It has been brought to the school’s attention that there is a need for a more perpetual and comprehensive assessment of students while they are served in the Gifted and Talented Program. Formative assessments provide opportunities to evaluate student performance while the students are being served in the Gifted and Talented Program. Portfolios are an excellent way to evaluate student performance while also helping self-direct their learning and there by improving students’ aim in attaining particular educational goals. Initial testing is conducted to determine placement when considering eligibility for placement in the program. However, our plight lies in the ability to formally document a student’s progress and involvement once they have…show more content…
In other words, portfolios focus on the individuality of aptitudes of each student, which is a trait that has set this student apart from their peers and warranted service in the Gifted and Talented Program. (Paulson, Paulson, & Meyer, 1991) The school must endeavor to provide documentation of student growth and evidence of participation as the students move through the Gifted and Talented Program. There should be substantial data recorded throughout the time of Gifted and Talented Program services to provide a basis for continued placement and eligibility for the program. 25 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 39.116 (2011) stipulates that students must be assessed to determine qualification for Gifted and Talented services. This assessment evaluates the student based on each student’s individual performance in one of the five areas that include, Intellectual Ability, Creativity/Divergent Thinking, Academic Aptitude/Achievement and Leadership. The introduction of portfolio assessment will begin with students who are identified in the category of Creativity/Divergent Thinking. The portfolios developed by these students can be evaluated by the multidisciplinary team, which may include the classroom teacher, nominator, principal, counselor, or…show more content…
There are several free online options such as https://www.portfoliobox.net/, http://designinstruct.com/roundups/free-online-portfolio/, and http://vitamintalent.com/vitabites/top-free-portfolio-sites/. If an online portfolio is not an option students may create a portfolio notebook that will hold projects such as writing, artwork, photos, and containers for 3D projects if needed.
The implementation plan for developing student portfolios will adhere to the following criteria for each individual student once eligibility is determined as stipulated by 25 CFR 39.115 and 25 CFR 39.116 (2011). For purposes of this project, the implementation and evaluation components of the portfolio will be aligned to the category of Creativity/Divergent Thinking. The purpose of the Gifted and Talented Portfolio Assessment is to show student growth and progress as they participate in the Gifted and Talented Program and to provide evidence for the multi-disciplinary team in determining whether the student will continue in the program the following
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