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Resources for Teachers & Principals

Instructional Resources

GT Leader & School Resources

CDE Nomination and Identification Flowchart

Forms to Nominate and Identify

GT Leaders in Schools>

Cluster Grouping


What assessments are used in the body of evidence? See the APS matrix showing assessments used to identify in each academic/talent area.

  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
  • Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT)
  • Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS)
  • Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT)
  • Profile of Creative Abilities (PCA)
  • Music Aptitude Profile (MAP)
  • Differentiated Ability Scale (DAS) (for Early Access)
  • Juries for Identification in Talent Areas (performance assessment and portfolio review)
  • Link to CDE's commonly used matrix of assessments


Early Access

Early Access is a program in which highly gifted students are admitted into kindergarten or first grade at a younger age than typical state age requirements allow. This a grade acceleration opportunity.

Twice Exceptional (2e)

Twice-exceptional students are those who are identified as gifted AND are identified with a state/federal qualified disability that qualifies them for either an IEP or a 504 plan.

Advanced Learning Plans

Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs) are housed in Infinite Campus. ALP goals are strength-based goals that are aligned with the standards for gifted education and/or specific content areas. Both academic and affective goals are found in an ALP, which is a living document that is updated as each student student grows and develops. Each ALP is a collaborative effort between student, parents, and educators. ALPs are updated annually and are housed in Infinite Campus and the student's cumulative folder. ALP goal attainment is progress monitored quarterly (with each grading period), typically by the classroom teacher.

ALP SMART Goal Setting

Resources for Understanding and Writing ALPs

ALP support templates and instructions

Progress Monitoring Help Sheet

Professional Learning Opportunities

APS Gifted & Talented Modules (Asynchronous through Performance Matters)

CDE's Twice Exceptional Professional Learning

Organizations & Resources