Gifted and Talented
The definition of Gifted & Talented students according to N.J.A.C. 6A: 8 is
Those exceptionally able students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the local district and who require modification of their educational services if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.
Riverton School District delivers a continuum of services to meet the needs of gifted and talented students. Support is provided during the school day throughout the school year through modifications to the regular curriculum via consideration for adapting the content, process, products, and learning environment. Services range from placement decisions, cluster grouping, counseling, and differentiation specific to the subject for the gifted learner via enrichment , as needed. A goal is not to label a student, but to match services to a student’s academic and social emotional needs and to provide an appropriately challenging educational experience.
The identification of students who may need gifted and talented services is ongoing from Kindergarten through the eighth grade in our district. The identification process will provide a systematic approach with a variety of access points so that all students are equally and consistently reviewed for the need for gifted and talented services. Multiple measures are used to determine which students need an adjustment to the regular curriculum and instruction and other supports. Criteria include a high local rank on achievement tests and cognitive abilities tests, performance in the regular class, observation and behavioral checklists, and other indicators, as appropriate. More information can be found in the Riverton School District Board of Education policies and regulations.