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Gifted & Talented History - Minnesota Legislative

Foley's Gifted and Talented Program began building its foundation in 2005.  In 2006, 23 students were identified and services began. Since the initial formal implementation, Foley has been committed to continuing to enhance the GT program every year.  Our GT program is called Step Up because it includes Services To Enhance Programs & Unleash Potential.

Core Elements:
  • On-line cogAT screener and assessment in grade 1 for formal identification
  • Clustering of Step Up students in younger grades, advanced academic options in individual subjects for older grades
  • Personal Learning Plans (PLP's) to structure and individualize service delivery for all Step Up students in class of 2024 and younger
  • Service map of differentiation options for students needing extra challenges in math and reading in conjunction with PLP program
Supplemental Elements:
  • NUMATS optional testing and talent search for grades 4-9
  • After-school offerings such as US Academic Triathlon, LEGO robotics, Read & Write clubs
In 2015-2016 we have 140 students in our program.

Below is the Gifted & Talented Legislation information taken from the Minnesota Department of Education website:
Several changes made to the Minnesota state statutes during the 2013 legislative session impact gifted and talented learners. Below is a summary and section 10. 120B.15 GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS PROGRAM and of 126C.10, subdivision 1 GIFTED AND TALENTED REVENUE.

Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.15 GIFTED and TALENTED STUDENTS PROGRAM (a) and (b), permit school districts to identify students who are gifted and talented, locally develop and evaluate programs addressing instructional and affective needs, provide staff development to ensure that they have access to challenging educational programs. The legislation also provides guidance for districts to adopt procedures for assessing and identifying students.

Section (b) requires schools to adopt guidelines for assessing and identifying students for participation in gifted programs. Provides guidance for identification of students.

Section (c) directs school districts and charter schools to adopt procedures for the academic acceleration of gifted and talented students that include an assessment of students' readiness and motivation for acceleration and a match between the curriculum and the students' academic needs. (Districts may wish to implement policies that reflect gifted and talented best practices, consistent with Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.15.)

Section (d) requires schools to adopt procedures consistent with section 124D.02 subdivision 1, for early admission to kindergarten or first grade of gifted and talented learners.

Gifted and talented revenue (Minnesota Statutes, section 126C.10 Subdivision 2 (b)) provides school districts and charter schools with $12 times a district’s adjusted marginal cost pupil units (AMCPU) to be used to:

1. Identify gifted and talented students.

2. Provide education programs for gifted and talented students.

3. Provide staff development to prepare teachers to best meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students.

Beginning in fiscal year 2015, the gifted and talented allowance will increase from $12 to $13 to adjust for the change in pupil weights.