The Talented & Gifted Program serves students who demonstrate outstanding abilities or potential in the areas of general intellectual ability or specific ability aptitude.
- Students who demonstrate outstanding potential when compared with others of their age require differentiated instruction.
- Differentiated programming will enable these students to maximize their life-long learning potential and contribute to the betterment of their community.
- Community-wide advocacy of differentiated programming for these students is essential.
These are the beliefs that have guided the design of the Davenport Community Schools Talented & Gifted (TAG) Program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Pre-Requisites for participation
Participation in the TAG program at Davenport North High School requires a student meet one or more of the criteria below.
- A score in the 90th percentile or above on at least one of the most current Iowa Assessment sub-tests. (Reading, Math, Science, or Social Studies.)
- A score of 116 or above on at least one of the sub-tests of the Cognitive Ability Test. (Verbal, Quantitative, or Non-Verbal)
- An approved portfolio of work demonstrating giftedness. (Process described below.)
The portfolio review will be in a specific academic area requested by the student and consist of:
- A minimum of 4 works in the requested area chosen by the student to demonstrate their strengths
- The works can go back no more than 2 years from the portfolio review
- The portfolio review committee will consist of:
- The Department Head of the academic department the student’s work covers
- The student’s school counselor
- The school’s TAG facilitator
- An adult representative (other than a parent) chosen by the student
- All adult members of the portfolio review committee will review the materials independently looking for:
- An exemplary level of work for a student’s grade level well above merely “good”
- Consistent levels of exemplary work across the works provided
- The committee will then make a group decision on whether the portfolio shows sufficient merit for inclusion of the student in TAG services
- The decision for inclusion in receiving TAG services must be unanimous
- If a student’s portfolio is not accepted for TAG service inclusion
- The student may resubmit a portfolio at maximum once a semester
- The works submitted must be unique from any previous portfolio submissions
If there are questions you may contact Mr. Knapper at North.
To learn more about the TAG program at Davenport Community Schools, please visit the following district-level page: