Primary Talent Pool FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Primary Talent Pool?
The Primary talent Pool is a group of students who possess demonstrated or potential ability to perform at exceptionally high levels at the primary years (P1-P4: Kindergarten through Third grade) The purpose of selecting a Primary Talent Pool is to provide early enrichment for those students whose talents must be nurtured in order for those talents to fully develop.
How are students selected?
A minimum of three informal assessment measures are used to provide evidence that students should participate in the Primary talent Pool. (Informal Assessment Measures rely on observations and professional judgement rather than standardized test scores.) Evidence can be from classroom observations of students behaviors and work samples. A school committee reviews the evidence to determine if a primary is a high potential learner and should be included in the Primary Talent Pool.
How are Primary Talent Pool Students served?
Students in the Primary Talent Pool should receive differentiated services that are matched to their needs, interests, and abilities. For some students this may require pull-out while others’ needs may be met in the regular classroom by differentiating instruction.
Do Primary Talent Pool students automatically qualify as gifted students once they exit the primary grades?
No, Primary Talent Pool students must be formally identified in one or more areas of giftedness at the 4th grade level. (Formal Identification requires Standardized Test scores of 96% or higher for content areas.)