A 2007 evaluation of the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) pilots at grade 4, grade 8, and exit level indicated that the system can help districts evaluate and improve services for gifted/talented (G/T) students in all areas, including identification, professional development, curriculum and instruction, and student and program assessment.
Study findings indicated that use of TPSP materials can support the following:
In discussing TPSP program benefits with stakeholders, please consider the following:
How do students benefit from participation in the TPSP?
Students who participate in the TPSP:
How do teachers benefit from participation in the TPSP?
Teachers who participate in the TPSP have access to:
What are the benefits to the entire learning community?
The TPSP provides a way to align the curriculum so that a school or district has a true continuum of G/T services. This alignment helps ensure that G/T programs are meeting the criteria from the Texas State Plan for G/T education. After participating in the TPSP, educators will be able to identify areas of strength and weakness in their program. Because of the open-ended nature of the tasks, the TPSP showcases what gifted students are capable of doing academically. Successful students are visible in the learning community and project a positive image of the G/T program.
How does the TPSP help students achieve their learning goals?
The TPSP gives students a framework for successfully completing an independent research project. Because the student work is divided into two phases at most grade levels, there are built-in opportunities for teachers to provide direct instruction so that students have the skills necessary for developing an end product. The TPSP enables students to become real thinkers and scholars. Students are challenged to think critically, abstractly, and logically to evaluate and solve a problem. Students synthesize new information and comprehend different points of view. They also learn to communicate effectively and clearly in written and oral forms.