Toronto District School Board Gifted Program
What is the Toronto District School Board Gifted Program?
The Toronto District School Board offers Gifted programs for students in 4th-12th grade. Students in K-2nd are not assessed for gifted programs as the district guidelines indicate that students that age are still developing and it is difficult to get valid results from testing.
All third-grade students are tested for giftedness. The testing happens in several stages.
Eligibility for the Toronto District School Board Gifted Program
Third-graders being by taking the CCAT-7 test. The school board does not provide the exact numbers needed to qualify for additional testing, but a score in the 90th percentile or better will most likely be required.
The students who meet the CCAT-7 criteria are considered by the In-School Team (IST) for the next step, which involves the Gifted Rating Scale-School Age. The probability of continuing in the testing process depends on the GRS-S score. Probability of being identified as Gifted using the T score:
- 98th+ percentile – very high probability
- 97th-84th percentile – high probability
- 83rd-69th percentile – moderate probability
Students who meet the criteria are then evaluated by the School Support Team (SST) for further testing using the WISC-V.
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In the WISC-V, the General Ability Index (GAI) is used. This is a composite score based on three verbal comprehension subtests (vocabulary, comprehension, and similarities) and three perceptual reasoning subtests (block design, matrix reasoning, and picture concepts). Students who score at or above the 98th percentile on the WISC-V are recommended by the SST to the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC).
The IPRC then considers all a student’s test scores, classroom work, and teacher assessments to decide if that student qualifies as gifted and where they will be placed – in a regular classroom with additional support or in a self-contained gifted classroom.
Teachers and parents can refer students in 4th grade and above for consideration of giftedness. Students will only be tested once after taking the 3rd-grade tests. The second test cannot be administered within 12 months of the first test.
The services offered in the Toronto District School Board Gifted Program depend on where the IPRC places a student. Most students can be supported in the regular classroom using an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and a Special Education Resource Teacher. However, some students are recommended to attend a Special Education Class for Giftedness.
A student who remains in a regular classroom can receive three types of support.
Withdrawal – The student receives instruction outside the classroom from a Special Education teacher for less than 50% of the day.
Resource – The student receives specialized instruction individually or with other classmates within the classroom from a Special Education teacher.
Indirect Support – The student receives instruction only from the classroom teacher. The teacher has access to the Special Education teacher for consultations.
Special Education Classes for Giftedness in the Toronto District School Board Gifted Program begin in 4th grade. The teacher uses each student’s IEP to created instruction targeted to their strengths and needs. A student’s placement eligibility is reviewed each year.
In secondary schools, students have an integrated schedule. Some classes are in Special Education classrooms and some are regular classes. Students in 9th and 10th grade are required to take four special education classes. The ones recommended are English, Math, Science, and Geography/History. Students in 11th and 12th grade are required to take two special education classes. The ones recommended are English and Math.
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