TAGT is pleased to provide access to resources that will assist educators with the many elements that make up effective program evaluation. While program evaluation has long been mandated on a yearly basis as a part of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, the 2013-2014 school year has brought a new urgency to the evaluation process, under the language contain in House Bill 5. That language requires all school districts to:
“…Evaluate the district's performance and the performance of each campus in the district in community and student engagement and in compliance…and assign the district and each campus an acceptable performance rating of A, B, or C, or an unacceptable performance rating of D or F for both overall performance and each individual D or F for both overall performance and each individual evaluation factor listed…Not later than August 8 of each year, the district shall report each performance rating to the agency and make the performance ratings publicly available as provided by commissioner rule.”
Educational programs for gifted and talented students are one of eight required areas cited. Although some districts have been evaluating gifted programs yearly, many others have not. TAGT has developed one model format that can be used for evaluation of gifted programs and services at both the campus and the district level. Other districts, educational service centers, and educational associations have also developed tools for such use. TAGT, as a non-profit educational association with its focus on gifted education, is uniquely qualified to bring forward useful materials for these purposes.
Members may click the following links to access the tools created by TAGT:
SECTION I: SCHOOL LAW AND POLICY This section explores looks the laws and rules regarding gifted education in Texas, including House Bill 5 with an emphasis on the language that makes up this new law. Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented
- HB 5 - Actual Law
- TASA HB 5 - School District Evaluation of Performance in Community & Student Engagement
- TASA HB 5 - Toolkit & Overview
- TASA HB 5 - Toolkit Outline Form
- TASB - Requirement is Opportunity for Districts to Tout Success, Spot Challenges
- ESC 2 HB 5 - ShowCASE
- PEIMS Standards
SECTION II: SAMPLE EVALUATION INSTRUMENTS This section will include samples of some evaluation tools being used by other school districts. All such materials are used with permission of the districts.
SECTION III: TEXAS STATE PLAN FOR THE EDUCATION OF GIFTED/TALENTED STUDENTS This section highlights the Texas State Plan, which includes all laws and rules regarding gifted education in Texas and citations of the source documents. The main text in the State Plan is divided into three columns - one has policies and practices that are required to be in compliance with state law; the two additional columns note recommended and exemplary practices for districts to follow if they so choose.
- Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students
- Gifted/Talented FAQ
- Guiding Questions for Program Review
SECTION IV: GENERAL IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION RESOURCES This section offers a further look at resources on evaluation of gifted programs and services and examples of best practices in the field of gifted education.
- *New Resource from TEA: The Texas G/T Program Implementation Resource is now available to assist Texas schools in developing and building exemplary gifted/talented programs. The new website provides strategies, templates, and best practices from the state. This resource is based on resources from schools in the state and the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.
- NAGC Resources on Program Evaluation
SECTION V: PUBLICATIONS The books listed below contain detailed information about program evaluation, program standards, and identification of gifted students, all key elements of successful programming.
- Program Evaluation in Gifted Education (Essential Readings in Gifted Education Series) by Carolyn M. Callahan and Sally M. Reis
- Aiming for Excellence: Annotation to the NAGC Pre-K-Grade 12 Program Standards by Carolyn Callahan, Mary Landrum, and Beverly Shaklee
- Identifying Gifted Students: A Practical Guide by Susan Johnsen
- Identifying and Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Gifted Students by Debbie Roby, Annie Rivera, and Lezley Collier Lewis
- A Practitioner’s Guide to Evaluating Programs for the Gifted by Carolyn Callahan and Michael Caldwell
- Gifted Program Evaluation: A Handbook for Administrator’s and Coordinators by Kristi Speirs Neumeister and Virginia Burney
SECTION VI: WEBSITE RESOURCES This section provides additional information and examples about each of the five areas noted in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. Student Assessment
- Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP)
- How to Use TPSP
- G/T Teacher Toolkit
- G/T Teacher Toolkit II
- TAGT - What is Giftedness?
- TAGT - Web Resources for Parents
- NAGC - Practical Tools for Parents
- SENG - Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted
SECTION VII: OUT OF SCHOOL AND ENRICHMENT OPTIONS This last section lists many programs, competitions, and activities that educators can utilize and/or share with gifted students and their parents.
- Hoagies Gifted
- Destination Imagination
- Texas Future Problem Solving
- TCEA Annual State Robotics Competition
- First Robotics Competition
- Best Robotics Competition
- Texas Academic Decathlon
- National History Day
- Texas MATHCOUNTS
- Math Olympiad
- Mathematics Pentathlon
- Science Olympiad
- UIL Competitions: A+ Academics and Academics