Q: When do you test for TD?
All second graders are tested at the beginning of their second grade school year using standardized tests. The two tests our department uses are the CogAT (ability test) and the ITBS (achievement test). There is also a GRS (Gifted Rating Scale) completed for each student, which will have been done by their first grade teacher. This criteria is used to determine eligibility for the Talent Development Program.

Q: If I have a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader, can they be tested?
A child can be recommended for testing. Our on-site TD committee will determine if it is a good referral. We are currently able to test students in these grades with standardized testing. The TD committee examines the EOG test scores (if applicable) and consults with the classroom teacher to determine the next step in the process.

Q: Is there a TD curriculum?
The Common Core State Standards and the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) is the basic curriculum. The TD Teacher helps differentiate the curriculum by providing more in-depth, complex and/or accelerated activities for students working at a higher level. William and Mary Language Arts Units are often used with high ability readers. This nationally recognized program was developed by the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary. We have math material provided by our department that is used at various grade levels. These resources include: The Problem Solver, Math Olympiad, and Investigations Units. I try and enrich your child's education with activities that address the various multiple intelligences!

Q: What is the TD Catalyst Model?
This model provides service through a collaboration between classroom teachers and teachers trained in gifted education. The teachers work and teach together to develop challenging, hands-on lessons that promote questioning, self-directed learning, and independent problem solving. TD/Catalyst classes are comprised of identified gifted students and high performing students.

Q: How does TD Certification affect the courses my child will take in middle school?
Class selection is not based on TD certification. EOG scores and parent input are both factors in determining class placement. It is best to discuss your options and ask questions at your child's potential middle school!

Q: What can I do at home?
  • Start early to teach study skills, research skills, time management, goal setting, and task completion
  • Help your child make choices and allow him/her to live with the consequences of those choices
  • Provide lots of books, paper, pen and pencils, and building toys
  • Play a variety of "games" (i.e. Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Scruples, Rummy, Othello, Chess, Pictionary, Song Burst, Encore)
  • Provide opportunities to explore many different areas of learning and physical activity
  • Encourage your child to keep a journal
  • Praise for effort as well as for accomplishments
  • Teach independence skills (how to do laundry, cook, clean, etc...) and assign work responsibilities
  • Provide moral training and opportunities for service to others