Special Programs

Spring 2024 Gifted and Talented Identification Timeline

Parents of students identified for gifted and talented services for grades 2-8 (AI, Small Group Investigations, Math Cluster Groups, E-Enrichment) will be notified via email by May 10, 2024. Students currently enrolled in AI or E classes will automatically be placed in these classes for the following school year.

G&T Parent Information

Grades 1-4 School-based Services and Grades 2-5 AI Overview

Enrichment (E) Placement Grades 5-8 Overview 

The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District will continue to expand opportunities for gifted and talented services in 2024-2025. These services are intended to meet the needs of students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities. 

NJDOE Definition of Giftedness, Adopted by Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education

“Those 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 program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.”

Identification Grades K-4

BRRSD examines individual profiles to match students to services. Multiple measures are considered so that no one assessment can act as a gatekeeper. It is well researched that giftedness can be masked by underachievement, language and cultural diversity, or special needs. Great care has been taken to cast a wide, inclusive net in selecting students with unique learning needs.  Local norms (comparing student performance with other students in the district and/or school) are established and used for identification. Each child's profile is reviewed, and students who require modification of their educational program are matched to services to help achieve their potential. There is no set minimum score on any one assessment. 

  • Small Group Investigations - Students being considered for Small Group Investigations must perform at high levels on at least two of the following assessments when compared to peers in the same school/grade:
    • Grades 2-4
      • MAP Mathematics
      • MAP Reading
      • CogAT Quantitative
      • CogAT Verbal
      • CogAT Nonverbal
    • Grade K- 1
      • MAP Mathematics
      • MAP Reading
      • SAGES Nonverbal
      • SAGES Verbal
  • Cluster Grouping - Current second and third grade students being considered for cluster grouping in mathematics must perform at high levels on the following assessments when compared to peers in the same school/grade:
    • MAP Mathematics
    • CogAT Quantitative
  • Academically Independent - Students being considered for AI must perform high on all of the following assessments:
    • MAP Mathematics
    • MAP Reading
    • CogAT Quantitative
    • CogAT Verbal

Program placement will be based on student performance compared to:

  • AI -District Norms
  • Cluster Grouping and Small Group Investigations - Local School Norms

Students may be matched to multiple services.  Students being matched to AI and home school based services will have the choice of program for their child. Students will be reassessed annually for consideration.  
As students develop their knowledge and skills, they may require gifted and talented services to reach their academic potential. 

Screening Tools for K-4

  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)Multiple-choice-based assessment provides information regarding abstract conceptualization in relationship to age and grade-level.

  • Measures of Academic Progress (MAP): A computerized adaptive multiple choice assessment that measures knowledge in reading and mathematics based on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

  • Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary and Middle School Students (SAGES) - A norm-referenced test used to identify students’ relative strengths and weaknesses in reasoning abilities and to screen students for possible inclusion in school-based services

Screening Tools for 5-8

  • Measures of Academic Progress (MAP): A computerized adaptive multiple choice assessment that measures knowledge in reading and mathematics based on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.
  • Curricular Measures
  • Grades
  • Teacher Input

See tabs below for descriptions of programs and services.

2024 Grades K-4 G&T FAQs

2024 Grades 5-8 G&T FAQs

Our district recently completed a comprehensive review of our gifted and talented programming. This included an audit of our current programs, reviewing research and best practices, administering surveys of all stakeholders, as well as holding multiple focus groups. Below are the recommendations that were presented to the Board of Education by Dr. Lenore Cortina, Gifted Education Consultant. 

Gifted and Talented Presentation February 2023

 

For additional information, please see NJ Department of Education website.

Gifted and Talented 

An individual who believes the school district has not complied with the provisions
of the Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act may file a complaint with the
board of education. The board shall issue a decision, in writing, to affirm, reject,
or modify the district’s action in the matter. The individual may then file a petition
of appeal of the board’s written decision to the Commissioner of Education through the
Office of Controversies and Disputes in accordance with N.J.S.A.18A:6-9 and the procedures
set forth in State Board of Education regulations [N.J.A.C. 6A:3-1.3 and 1.4].

Additional Resources:
District Policy 2464- Gifted and Talented Students
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). (2021).https://nagc.org/page/equity
New Jersey Association for Gifted Children (NJAGC). (2021). https://www.njagc.org/  
Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act. (2020). (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-34 through N.J.S.A. 18A:35-39)
NJDOE. New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Gifted and Talented.
https://www.nj.gov/education/standards/gifted/