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January 7, 2014

Gifted and talented program to be examined

Corsicana — Two meetings to look at how well the gifted and talented and advanced placement programs are working in Corsicana schools will take place this week, one for parents and families at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and the second one at 7:30 a.m. Friday for the community at large. Both will take place at the school administration building, 601 N. 13th St.

This is a first time for the gifted and talented programs to be evaluated, as well as the pre-advanced placement and advanced placement.

“It’s just an opportunity to collect information from people in regards to our specialized advanced academic programs,” explained Susan Johnson. “We’re bringing in an outside consultant to come in and help us collect the data and analyze it. It’s just to collect information right now.”

There are 467 children enrolled in the gifted and talented program throughout the district in grades first through 12th.

If the study turns up any changes or recommendations, the programs could be changed, Johnson said.

“It’s all part of our district improvement planning process. We look at all our programs. This is just one way we’ve got to do our due diligence in making sure we’re collecting feedback from the community.”

In addition to the two feedback meetings this week, the district is also hosting an informational meeting next week about the Gifted and Talented program, for parents interested in having their children in those classes.

The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 16 in the cafeteria at Fannin Elementary, 3201 N. Beaton. Parents who wish to nominate their children for the advanced classes will be given more information at that meeting about the process.

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