Talented and Gifted Students.
The Academy District 20 Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program develops and nurtures students with exceptional abilities and talents in academics, creative thinking, leadership, or visual and performing arts.
Academy District 20 follows the Colorado Department of Education standards for identifying TAG students who are capable of high performance and/or exceptional learning behaviors. This body of evidence may include a variety of assessments including, but not limited to:
- Achievement assessments
- Ability assessments
- Classroom observation
- Evidence from state and national performance ratings
- Parent recommendations
- TAG Advanced Learning Plans (ALP)
- Teacher recommendations
All TAG students have an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) which includes academic and affective goals. To ensure rigor and engagement, plans and goals are developed using a team approach between the TAG teachers/coordinators, students, families and classroom teachers. ALPs are consistently monitored and modified.
Programming needs are individually considered. Accelerated academic programming helps TAG students perform better, grow intellectually and improves post-secondary performance. TAG programing includes:
- Traditional full-day classroom opportunities where differentiation strategies are used for all learners
- Partial (pull-out) classroom opportunities where identified students work directly in a separate classroom with a dedicated TAG teacher
- Partial (push-in) classroom opportunities where identified students are served in their regular classroom by a dedicated TAG teacher
- Parallel teaching where the classroom and TAG teacher co-plan and deliver instruction
TAG programming examples may include:
- Advanced Placement (AP) classes
- Dual enrollment
- Enrichment and acceleration of regular classroom curriculum
- Honors classes
- Independent studies
- International Baccalaureate (IB)®
- University level classes