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Lufkin ISD Program for Gifted and Talented Students

Program Description:
The Lufkin Independent School District is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that cultivate and enhance each child's full potential. The PACE program's foundation is based upon developing the gifted student's potential while ensuring the essential nature of basic skills and a strong knowledge base. The instructional program for gifted students will include opportunities in as many of the following ways as practical:

  • accelerated or advanced content
  • higher degree of complexity of content beyond presented curriculum
  • selection of content according to interest
  • adjusting learning schedule (pacing)
  • use of outside expert resources (volunteers/mentors)
  • development of high-level cognitive and affective processes
  • participation in academic contests


Gifted and Talented Students:
Gifted students, by virtue of outstanding intellectual abilities, are capable of high performance and may demonstrate above-average achievement or potential in areas such as general intellectual ability, specific subject matter aptitude, and ability in creative and productive thinking. Lufkin ISD recognizes that gifted/talented students are found in all grade levels and all races, socioeconomic groups, geographic locales, and environments.

Eligibility for participation in PACE:

Anyone may refer a child for testing by calling the PACE office at 936-630-4254. Placement decisions are made based upon both objective data (aptitude and achievement scores) and subjective data (parent, teacher, and student input). Test scores are not the sole criterion for placement. Selection decisions are made by a District selection committee, which consists of three or more trained professional staff members. There are three steps in the placement process for the P.A.C.E./G.T. Program.


Steps for placement into the P.A.C.E./G.T/ Program:

  1. Referral
    A student may be referred by parents, teachers, or the students themselves, as long as the documents allowing LISD to gather data are signed and returned according to published deadlines. Parent and teacher questionnaires are included in the referral documents. Timelines are set by the district each year and publicized to the community.

  2. Assessment
    Subjective data is gathered from the referral information. Objective aptitude and achievement tests also are completed as part of the assessment phase. All tests are completed on the student's home campus during the school day. Private school and home schooled students are assessed at Dunbar Education Center

  3. Selection
    All data is gathered in a matrix format so that each student's strengths may surface. The District selection committee reviews each individual student's matrix and makes placement recommendations. Parents are notified in writing of the assessment results and the committee's recommendation. If a student qualifies, the placement is not active until parents give written permission for placement to proceed. 

P.A.C.E. Teachers

PACE classes are taught by highly trained teachers. Teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the program for gifted students have a minimum of thirty clock hours of staff development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, assessing student needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted student s. In addition, they must receive a minimum of six hours annually of professional development in gifted education.

 

P.A.C.E./G.T. Program Sites
Identified kindergarten students attend
Garrett Primary School, first and second graders attend Dunbar Primary School, and third, fourth and fifth graders attend Brandon Elementary. Sixth through eighth grade students are served through Pre-Advanced courses at Lufkin Middle School . Lufkin High School provides ninth and tenth Grade G.T. Studies classes in addition to Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement courses in appropriate grades ninth through twelfth.

 

Gifted and Talented / P.A.C.E.
Program for Academic curriculum Enrichment
 
 
For placement in P.A.C.E. for the Fall of 2008-2009 Grades K-8
 
·    January 7, 2008-February 15, 2008 Request a referral packet
 
·    January 23,24,25, 2008 Kindergarten screening
 
·    January 31, 2008 Parent meeting 6:30 PM @ Garrett Primary parent meeting
 
·    February 15, 2008 Referral packets must be returned to the P.A.C.E. office
 
·    February 1, 2008 – March 31, 2008  Testing of students currently in grades PK -7
 
·    April 7, 2008   Notification of placement in P.A.C.E.
 
 
For placement in GT for the Fall of 2008-2009 Grade 9                      
 
·    January 15, 2008 – February 15, 2008 request a referral packet (not currently GT identified students) 

Notify P.A.C.E. office by returning a letter received from P.A.C.E. office if interested in interviewing for the 9th grade GT studies class (currently identified P.A.C.E./GT students)

·    February 1, 2008 – March 31, 2008 testing of students grade 8
 
·    May 2008 interview process for 9th grade GT studies class and 9th grade Hispanic male GT class
 
·    May 20 notification of placement in GT studies and GT Hispanic male class
 
 

P.A.C.E. office 936-630-4258
Please contact our P.A.C.E. /G.T. office for more information.


P
rogram Director:
Cindy Henderson
936-630-4258
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