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Advanced Learner Ed

Glossary of Terms

Here are some of the key words and definitions you will need to better understand our Gifted and Talented Education Program:

  • Cluster Grouping
    Students are grouped within a regular classroom setting and receive differentiated instruction and curriculum from the regular classroom teacher.

  • Curriculum Compacting
    An instructional strategy that allows students who demonstrate mastery of a skill, to omit portions of assigned curriculum, and substitute it with enrichment activities that match their interests, abilities, and needs.

  • Differentiation
    Adapting the curriculum to meet the unique needs of learners by making modifications in complexity, depth and pacing.

  • Flexible Grouping
    A method of grouping students for instruction using interest, ability level or other student needs to determine groups.

  • Multiple Criteria
    Student information and data that are reviewed to help determine eligibility.

  • Part-time Grouping
    Classes are organized to provide advanced or enriched subject matter for part of the school day. These classes are composed of identified GATE students, and other advanced learners.

  • Tiered Instruction/ Tiered Assignment
    An instructional strategy that ensures all students work with the same essential ideas and skills, but at different levels of complexity, abstractness and difficulty. A tiered assignment is one in which each student has the opportunity to develop skills and understandings at his or her appropriate level of challenge.

(Adapted from The California Association for the Gifted)