The Gifted Education Self-Assessment Tool is designed to help school districts assess to what degree their gifted education plans meet the requirements of state statute and administrative rule. To receive an electronic copy, go to Self-Assessment Tool.
There are four columns in the tool:
- The first column breaks down state statute, administrative rule, and best practice. This column is divided into three categories:
- General - these items require action by the local School Board
- Identify Student Needs - these items relate to identifying student needs
- Programming/Services - these items provide guidance on how to meet student needs
- The second column provides an opportunity to list policies and practices that are currently in place to satisfy the descriptors in the first column.
- The third column provides space to identify evidence or data that support the claims in the second column.
- The fourth column asks you to compare the first column descriptors with the information and evidence you've provided in columns two and three. If you're satisfied that your school or school district is meeting the requirements set forth in the descriptor, then no gap exists between what should be present and what actually is present. On the other hand, if there are areas for which policies or practices are not present, or if you have no evidence or it is weak, then you have identified a gap. This information can be used to improve your gifted education plan.
An example can be found at Sample Self-Assessment. The next step is to develop a Work Plan to address the gaps. To obtain a fillable copy, go to Work Plan. Other sections of the DPI Gifted and Talented Education website provide guidance and support for completing and implementing the Work Plan.