Gifted and Advanced Learning Plan Update for 2020-21
Previously Identified GAL Students: During this period of virtual learning, the faculty at HHA recognizes the challenge of meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of our gifted and advanced learners. Students who were formally identified as gifted, advanced, or talent development in prior years will continue to have enrichment and acceleration opportunities integrated into their regular classes, as well as additional options for working with small virtual GAL groups. While most of the virtual pullout groups will be run in an asynchronous fashion, there will be scheduled occasions for GAL students to engage and share their learning synchronously. As always, Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) will be developed for each student, outlining goals and strategies for optimizing personal and academic growth.
Formal Identification: Because we will be limited in the kind of testing we can do in a virtual environment, new formal identifications will be delayed until it becomes possible to resume the conditions necessary for standardized testing. Until then, parents, teachers, and academic coaches will refer students who demonstrate high ability and/or outstanding academic performance on current classroom measures for possible inclusion in GAL programming.
Support for Families: A variety of opportunities will be available to support GAL families or any family interested in learning how to address their child’s social- emotional, and academic needs. Support at the school level will include virtual GAL informational sessions for parents who want to know more about the program and virtual office hours for student specific consultation. In addition, the district is providing monthly sessions on topics relevant to parenting gifted students. Check the school calendar and newsletter for specific topics and dates.
HHA is a Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (EGATE) school. For our gifted and talented students, staff uses a variety of measures to identify and serve students who exhibit an exceptionally high level of performance in one or more subject area. The Gifted and Talented Placement Team will work to determine the most appropriate way to support the gifted learner, which may include differentiated curricula, acceleration opportunities, and a wide variety of special projects. Gifted programming occurs in collaboration with the classroom teacher and the GT/ Enrichment Director and will occur both in the classroom setting and the enrichment resource room.
Student Eligibility for GAL Programming
Hampstead Hill Academy have worked in cooperation with the Maryland State Department of Education and Baltimore City Schools to develop an appropriate program to meet the unique needs of the gifted learner. In 2016, we received the EGATE award (Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education) from the MSDE and became a designated GAL Site (Gifted and Advanced Learning Site) by Baltimore City Schools. We are committed to using multiple measures and rigorous criteria for identifying students who qualify for gifted or advanced programming.
To qualify for gifted programming, students must demonstrate specific aptitude on two or more nationally normed measures (see chart on reverse side). The initial data we consider are: the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP Growth Test- given in fall and spring to all students 1-8), and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2), administered to all kindergarten students as well as any new students entering HHA in later years. In some cases, alternative assessments are available to support formal identification. In addition, parents may submit the results of outside testing done by a qualified professional and/or test scores on another nationally normed test received at another school.
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HHA Standards for Identifying Gifted Learners
- Assessment: MAP Growth Reading and Math
- Who: All students in grades 1-8 2x per year: Fall and Spring
- Qualifying Scores for Gifted: 90th percentile* or above for gifted*
- 80th -89th percentile for advanced* *Must be qualified in both reading and math measures
- Assessment: The Naglieri Non-Verbal Assessment: NNAT2 or NNAT3
- Who: Universal screening in October of kindergarten year or students who are new to our school.
- Qualifying Scores for Gifted: >75th percentile
- Assessment: Nationally normed results from tests such as CogAT, iReady, and others.
- Who: Students entering HHA from other schools.
- Qualifying Scores for Gifted: TBD
- Assessment: Additional assessments such as The Torrance Test of Creativity, and GES-III, may be used for qualifying students.
- Who: Students with >75% on NNAT2 or other substantial supporting data
- Qualifying Scores for Gifited: TBD
If you have any questions about gifted programming at HHA, please contact Laura Guitian, Director of Enrichment at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-396-9146 ext. 125.