NAGC Position Statement
Understand more about identifying and serving culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Texas is a wonderfully diverse state where more than 30 languages are spoken. Approximately 34% of Texas residents speak a language other than English. Of that group, 85% speak Spanish. A linguistically diverse gifted student is a child or youth who has the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement, whose primary language is one other than English, and whose English language skills are such that the student has difficulty performing ordinary classwork in English.
Gifted English Learners are sometimes overlooked during the identification process. Among the barriers to identification are:
Source: Annenberg Institute for School Reform, 2013
As we promote for equitable identification, it is important for us to understand issues that may arise in access to information and services.
Parents and family members have a unique ability to observe a child’s characteristics, abilities, and attitudes across many different environments. Although there is no single assessment of giftedness, there are certain characteristics shared by many gifted learners. Below is a list of some general traits to watch for if you believe your child might be in need of gifted services. Keep in mind that not every gifted learner will display every one of these characteristics, and giftedness may manifest itself through traits not listed below.
The following are some websites that offer free resources, strategies, and tips for helping your child succeed in school.
Free resources for families of English Learners.
Texas Association for Bilingual Education.
This site helps children and families become better global citizens.
Advanced Placement has been seen as an effective intervention for Latino students.
The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) is an assessment program for students in Texas public schools who are learning the English language. The Texas Education Agency developed TELPAS to meet state and federal testing requirements. Texas assesses English language learners annually in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students learning the English language begin participating in TELPAS in kindergarten and stop participating when their language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC) determines that they are proficient in the English language.
Teachers and other educators use TELPAS to help them plan effective instruction for children. It is a measure of how well children are learning English and is not used to assign grades.
Districts have a variety of models to provide G/T services. It is important to note that Districts may offer one or more of these options. It is important to be familiar with your rights and know the expectations of the modes of delivery. Your child will be provided their services for acceleration and enrichment through these models. Take a look at the following district approved service options and questions that you are able to ask to advocate for your child.