Understanding Talent Area Identification 

Students can be identified in talent domains, including creative and productive thinking, leadership and specific talent aptitudes. This type of identification requires the examination of a robust body of evidence, including a variety of instruments and multiple pathways. Categories students can be identified in are as follows: 

  • theatre/drama
  • visual arts
  • psychomotor
  • music
  • dance
  • creativity
  • leadership

It is important educators understand the unique and varied characteristics a student may demonstrate in the talent domains. Within these areas, several years of talent development may be needed before formal gifted identification can be made. Students may be included in a talent development pool to foster potential over time. The student may require further development to build a body of evidence that supports identification.

Students can be nominated for identification in a talent area by first speaking with the Gifted Education Facilitator at the child's school.  The child can be nominated by a teacher, specialist, parent, community member, or the child may nominate him or herself. 


How are Students Identified? 

APS Gifted and Talented juries identify students in the talent domains at different times throughout the year. Juries will review portfolios and assess performances using normed rubrics.  Only students who have been tested by their schools using the Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS) or Haroutounian Observation Scales and received a 95th percentile or above score will be invited to juries. 

More information on talent area identification can be obtained from the Colorado Department of Education, or from the GT Facilitator at your child's school. 


Nomination and Identification Forms 

Note: Talent Area Identification Handbooks are available to APS employees only.  Should your child be referred for identification in a talent area, the gifted education team will support your family through the identification process. 

This slideshow will help you to gain a better understanding of the process each talent area goes through for its identification process.

GT Leaders and Specials or ElectiveTeachers (Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education) in schools will communicate often to support each other in identifying and programming for students who are gifted in talent areas.

Identifying Musically Gifted

Here is an introductory video regarding the piloting of the jury process by the APS Music Advisory Council.

Click here for information on scoring and norming the Musical Aptitude Profile (MAP) that can be used for screening and testing students for giftedness in music.

Identifying GT in the Visual Arts

This video captures some of the performance assessment for identification in Visual Arts. The Visual Arts Advisory Council evaluated student portfolios separately from the performance assessment.

Identifying GT in Psychomotor (Movement)

This video shows the process for identifying a student as gifted in psychomotor. The body of evidence includes an observation scale, portfolio of skills, and a performance game assessment.

APS Theatre Festival

Check out the performances of the APS Theatre Festival adjudicated by theatre professionals from around the community to help identify students as gifted in the performing arts.


Visual Art Supports