Talbot County Public Schools

Gifted & Talented

Maryland State Definition of Giftedness

The Annotated Code of Maryland § 8-201 defines a gifted and talented student as “an elementary or secondary student who is identified by professionally qualified individuals as having outstanding talent and performing, or showing the potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other students of a similar age, experience or environment.”

TCPS Gifted and Talented Intervention (GTI) Program Goals

TCPS GTI Identification Process

According to COMAR, districts are to utilize three data points in the identification process of Gifted and Talented Intervention (GTI) students.  Districts utilize scores from behavioral assessments, cognitive assessments and achievement indicators.  Universal screening begins in Kindergarten with the administration of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT-3).  In third grade, students are assessed with the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).  Prior to entrance into middle school, 5th grade students are administered the CogAT screener.  Students with superior scores, on either assessment, are identified for the TCPS Gifted and Talent Intervention Program. Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students (Renzulli Scales) are also used to identify students.

For more detailed information please review TCPS GTI Identification Process.  

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GTI Services

Students eligible for GTI services will participate in our GTI Elementary Residency Program.  The GTI Elementary Residency encompasses three primary elements:  in-residency programming, collaboration with general education (cohort) teachers, and virtual non-residency lessons.  With the in-residency programming the three GTI teachers will all be in residence at one of the five elementary schools providing daily lessons for GTI students in grades 3-5.  Students in first and second grade will receive a minimum of 2 lessons a week. 

K-2nd Grade

The GTI Identification Process begins in Kindergarten through the administration of the NNAT-3 to all students. Students identified begin receiving services in the 1st grade.  In addition, primary elementary students receive lessons in critical thinking skills from the GTI Team in the general education classroom throughout the school year.

For more detailed information please review Resources & Documents.

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3rd-5th Grade

In grade 3, the Gifted and Talented Intervention Identification process continues with the administration of the CogAT.  In addition to those previously identified on the NNAT-3, students identified on the CogAT will receive GTI pull-out services in grades 3-5.  GTI teachers will implement specific curriculum and best practices to provide an appropriate program that will challenge gifted students.  These programs promote advanced work in interdisciplinary units, utilizing William and Mary curriculum.

For more detailed information please review Resources & Documents.

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6th-8th Grade

A dedicated Gifted and Talented Intervention class is available for students in grades 6-7.  These courses balance aspects of advanced math, applied sciences, research, technology use, and engineering. Throughout these courses, students engage in a variety of topics including algebraic concepts, environmental mysteries, financial literacy, and climate change on their journey to become independent learners. 

Additionally, a variety of Gateway to Technology classes are offered, including, but not limited to, Automation and Robotics, Design and Modeling, Medical Detectives, and Pre-Engineering.  These classes are available for all students in grades 6 – 8.

Advanced/accelerated math is also available for students in 7th Grade.  Students in grades 7-8 may also qualify for advanced courses in Algebra I and Spanish I. These courses are taken for high school credit. Opportunities exist for students to pursue interests in theatre and the arts.  

For more detailed information please review Resources & Documents.

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9th-12th Grade

Talbot County high schools provide programs for advanced students in a variety of academic subject areas.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement courses are offered in a variety of subject areas. Advanced Placement courses are challenging and rigorous studies comparable to college-level work. They provide opportunities for students to take national exams and receive advanced placement in college, college credit, or both.

Career and Completer Courses

Programs including Biomedical Science, Pre-engineering, Interactive Media Production and Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education are offered. Students completing the curriculum sequences may earn college credits.


Pre-professional students may participate in their junior and senior years. Placements might include but are not limited to, veterinary science, medicine, law, education, and biological sciences.

Dual Enrollment

Juniors and seniors may take courses at Chesapeake College. Students earn both high school and college credits. Certain restrictions may apply. Program information is available from high school counselors.

Each school implements a procedure consistent with Talbot County Public Schools’ guidelines for talent-spotting students. Multiple criteria are used, which include standardized test results, a variety of rating scales, and teacher and/or parent recommendations. Teachers and school-based grade-level teams consisting of the school counselor, principal or designee review data each spring to determine student needs for the following school year. Students are assigned to cluster groups that are part of the heterogeneously-grouped classroom and provide an opportunity for students to work with others who have similar needs. Students may be accelerated through total grade advancement, or by grade advancement for a specific subject. (See Board policy 9.31)

For more detailed information please review Resources & Documents.

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Resources & Documents

TCPS GTI Program Resources
External Resources