I. Program Design:PFISD will offer a flexible system of viable program options throughout the district that provide a learning continuum and reinforce the strengths, needs, and interests of gifted and talented students. The district will provide an array of learning opportunities that are commensurate with the abilities of gifted/talented students, and that emphasize content in the four (4) core academic areas (English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies). Teachers responsible for delivery of services will have thirty (30) hour foundation training as well as six (6) hour annual updates.- Tier One services will be available during the school day throughout the entire school year.- Parents will be informed of the educational options available to identified students.- Program options will enable students to work together as a group; work with other students; and work independently as a direct result of the GT
- Flexible grouping patterns and pacing will be employed to meet the needs of gifted and talented students.- Identified students will be provided with out-of-school educational opportunities which focus on differentiated learning experiences. These
- Elementary: GT Cluster Grouping (elementary) - minimum of three (3) GT students in a cluster, or five to eight (5-8) in a cluster if campus and grade level numbers allow (The Cluster Grouping Handbook, Winebrenner);
- Secondary: Advanced, Pre-AP, AP coursework in area(s) of giftedness.
opportunities may include student seminars, meetings with mentors, academic competitions, and field trips addressing in-depth, complex content.- Local Board policies are developed that are consistent with State Board of Education rules on credit by examination and early high school
graduation opportunities.PFISD will encourage input and recommendations from parents, teachers, and administrators of the gifted. A district advisory group will meet a minimum of two times per year and provide feedback on services as needed.II. Program Design by Grade Level:A. Kindergarten: All kindergarten students are served in a heterogeneous classroom and receive differentiated instruction delivered by GT trained teachers as needed. Kinder students will complete a planned experience to determine need for screening. Credit by Exam for Acceleration (CBE) is available. CBE options require prior approval and discussion with campus counselor.B. Grades 1-5: Identified GT students are clustered within heterogeneous classrooms by area of identification and recieve differentiated instruction as needed. GT identified students have access to extensions aligned to the curriculum as well as Pflex curriculum. Students are challenged to meet their academic potential in their area(s) of giftedness during class time when they have mastered content and during station or grouping time and/or during intervention times scheduled by campuses. All elementary gifted learners are required to complete one project per semester in their area(s) of giftedness. At the end of each year, GT learners will select their best project to showcase at a Project Fair hosted at their campus or at a Feeder Pattern Fair for grades 4 and 5. Credit by Exam for Acceleration (CBE) is also available. CBE options require prior approval and discussion with campus counselor. Check with the school counselor for the testing window, applicaitons, and more information.C. Grades 6-8: Identified GT students are served within core content areas in Advanced/Pre-AP classes in grades 6, 7 and 8 and receive differentiated instruction delivered by GT trained teachers as needed. Students in grades 6-8 may also elect to take the PFLEX enrichment elective class. Credit by Exam for Acceleration (CBE) is also available. CBE options require prior approval and discussion with campus counselor. Check with the school counselor for the testing window, applications, and more information.D. Grades 9-12: Identified GT students are served within core subject areas in Advanced/Pre-AP and AP classes and receive differentiated instruction delivered by GT trained teachers as needed. The Distinguished Achievement Program, Dual Credit, and Credit by Exam for Acceleration are also available. Check with the school counselor for the testing window, applications, and more information.III. Tiers of Service:Student gifted services are provided first through Tier 1 instruction: classroom differentiation. As needed, students are provided services through Tier 2 and 3 instruction, which includes Pflugerville Learning Extensions (PFLEX) and enrichment, individualized instruction, and independent study.A. Tier One Service: Classroom Instruction (19 TAC 89.3 (3))Students are provided learning opportunities aligned with their abilities in the GT cluster classroom. Students are ensured opportunities to work together as a group, with other students, and work independently. Student will receive a GT Growth Report completed by the classroom teacher and the PFLEX teacher once each semester.
B. Tier Two Service: Enrichment & ExtensionPflugerville Learning Extensions (PFLEX)
PFLEX curriculum as well as extension built into the PfISD curriculum offer GT students the opportunity to work together, engage in learning activities to extend and enrich the curriculum, and receive support for social and emotional growth. All students identified as GT are eligible to receive PFLEX curriculum, where services are provided in the following ways:
- Instruction delivered by GT cluster teachers who have received the minimum 30 hours of training in gifted education and annual 6 hour updates;
- Differentiated instruction for the gifted learner via content, process, or product;
- Use of flexible scheduling for GT students to engage in extension and enrichment activities (1 - 5);
- Independent research project [Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP)] opportunities (1-8);
- Opportunities to work independently and collaboratively.
Students have the opportunity to participate in Instant Challenges within the PFLEX and/or the cluster classroom. Students may elect to compete in the full Destination Imagination competition as an extracurricular activity.
Math Pentathlon (MP) Students have the opportunity to learn strategies and play the MP games within the PFLEX and/or the cluster classroom. Students may elect to compete in the full competition (at his/her appropriate level) as an extracurricular activity.UIL Academics: Students have the opportunity to participate in UIL academic competitions. For more information visit our UIL Academics Page or visit the State UIL Academics Page.C. Tier Three Services:Tier three services are provided when students present an educational need for services beyond the traditional classroom and grade progression. Services offered by PfISD include: Acceleration by grade level or single subject (CBE); Individual Academic Competitions (UIL); Personal Education Plans.