How We Challenge
At its core, RMAE’s overall approach and curriculum is designed for students who need additional challenge. Honors classes, Advanced Learning Plans and High School Accredited Classes offer extended academic opportunities.
Jeffco schools screen all students in first or second grade when they administer the CogAT and NNAT tests. In addition to the tests, parents and teachers complete questionnaires describing their observations regarding students’ characteristics and submit other examples of the students’ work for the portfolio. This “body of evidence” is then considered as a whole and reviewed by a team of experts in order to identify students for gifted programming.
Jefferson County Public Schools defines “gifted and talented children” as those persons between the ages of four and 21 whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs. Gifted and talented students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas:
- General or specific intellectual abilities
- Specific academic aptitude
- Creative or productive thinking
- Leadership and human relations ability
- Visual arts, performing arts, spatial or musical abilities
- Psychomotor abilities
The Colorado Rules and Regulations for the Administration of the Exceptional Children’s Act (I CCR 301-8) obligates schools to identify students with outstanding potential, especially in traditionally under-served populations. All schools identify gifted students using consistent district-wide procedures. Schools have many choices in providing programming options for gifted and talented students at their sites.