Remember THIS post? The one where I mentioned that Zack had passed the first round of testing for the Gifted Resources program? Well we got a letter in the mail on Wednesday. He has been "identified as Gifted". I can't tell you how proud of him we are. He has no idea what we're talking about so it's hard to show him how we feel, so we ended up making it about working hard in school and getting to be in a special group in class next year.
The Gifted Resources program puts kids who are "identified" in a cluster within a class with a specialized teacher. They learn everything that is in the appropriate age curriculum in a more in-depth manner with additional learning resources. He will never have to test again and the "gifted" label will be his through graduation from high school. I asked what happens if a gifted student isn't performing to the standards that they expect and the Gifted Resources Specialist said "well we just work harder with them". I love that answer.
According to the National Associated of Gifted Children: "The term gifted and talented student means children and youths who give evidence of higher performance capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the schools in order to develop such capabilities fully." There are various other descriptions as well. Hot diggity - Pa and I gots us a smart one!
Matt and I aren't nervous about whether Zack can handle his learning going forward, we're worried about whether WE can. We're going to have to go back to school!