In the fall of 2012, the New Albany – Plain Local School District proactively launched a Gifted Study to assess our services for the gifted programs on campus. The study has been ongoing since last fall and encompassed work with parent and student focus groups, teachers and staff and was coordinated by Vanderbilt University. The study is now complete. The full report is posted below.
We will be offering an overview session to review the findings and recommendations of the report on May 2, 2013. Dr. Tamara Stambaugh, Vanderbilt University, will lead the presentation.
Gifted Study – Overview Session
May 2, 2013
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Staff presentation for K-12 NAPLS educators
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Parent presentation
All sessions will be held in Mershad Hall
After the staff session during the school day, we will also host an evening event for parents and community.
Please read the full details on the study including the key objectives and highlights below.
About the Study
In the Fall of 2012, New Albany Plain Local Schools (NAPLS) participated in a study of gifted education services, conducted by Vanderbilt University’s Programs for Talented Youth. The team, led by Principal Investigator Dr. Tamra Stambaugh from Vanderbilt University, conducted an extensive evaluation and audit including the following: two site visits on October 15-18 and November 26-27, K-12 parent, teacher, and student focus groups, and observations in both K-12 regular and accelerated classrooms. In addition, an opportunity for parents, students, and teachers to provide feedback through electronic surveys was provided during this time.
The key objectives of this project included:
- Identifying the current gifted services offered by the District as measured by the perceptions of involved stakeholders (teachers, administrators, students and parents);
- Assessing the rigor of the curriculum in meeting the needs of gifted students across all grade levels;
- Comparing current gifted program offerings with evidence-based best practices for gifted services;
- Assessing the procedures for identifying and serving all populations, including underrepresented groups within the gifted program; and
- Identifying action steps for improvement.
The final report has been delivered to the superintendent, board of education, administrators, and gifted intervention specialists. This detailed analysis is being thoroughly reviewed so an action plan for improvement can be developed.
The major highlights of the report include:
- Recommendation to provide more rigorous curriculum and instruction for all students.
- Reconceptualizing the services for gifted students to provide a continuum of services that recognize unique needs.
- Clear communication for all stakeholders regarding gifted services.
- Alignment of services at transitions between elementary, middle, and high school.
- Education on gifted services for all stakeholders.
Pat Farrenkopf, the District Gifted Coordinator, will be leading the development of a multiyear gifted services improvement plan.
If you are interested in engaging in dialogue about the district’s gifted services, please contact Pat by e-mailing her at: email@example.com