Enrollment in gifted and talented program raises concerns in SMCSD

There are 200 students placed in San Marcos High School gifted and talented program. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
There are 200 students placed in San Marcos High School gifted and talented program. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)

There are 200 students placed in San Marcos High School gifted and talented program. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)

The number of students placed in the gifted and talented education program in San Marcos CISD has raised concerns with some members of the SMCISD board of trustees.

According to a gifted/talented program update presentation given by Coordinator of Advanced Academics Debbie Smith during a SMCISD school board meeting Dec. 16, there are low placement numbers for GT students throughout the district.

There are 200 GT students placed in San Marcos High School, 321 across all elementary schools and 325 across all middle schools, based on the SMCISD board meeting workbook.

The GT programs are meant to challenge students to accelerate their performance and enable progression in their education, according to the National Association for Gifted Children.

Mendez and Rodriguez elementary schools had the lowest number of students placed in GT programs. Mendez Elementary has 20 students placed in the program, while Rodriguez has 22.


“It’s concerning to me," board trustee Juan Miguel Arredondo said. "At my day job, I have the opportunity to see all the second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, and I can assure you, there are very gifted students at Mendez Elementary School,” he said.

Trustee Lupe Costilla expressed her concern with a possible communication gap due to a language barrier between teachers and parents to identify gifted students and recommend them to teachers, while trustee Kathy Hansen raised questions about resources provided to parents and teachers to identify such students.

“We still have some work to do because ultimately, we would like those numbers to mirror the demographics of our district or get us [as] close to that as possible,” Smith said.


MOST RECENT

The Austin metropolitan statistical area surpasses COVID-19 pandemic job losses. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin regains all pandemic job loss, San Antonio nearly misses top 10 best performing metros in the country

The Austin and San Antonio metropolitan statistical areas continue their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

San Marcos City Council adopted increases in property tax, utilities and the city budget for FY 2021-22 on Sept. 21. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos City Council adopts increases in utility rates, taxes and FY 22 budget

The increase of $0.01 to the property tax rate means the council was able to adopt a budget of $260,468,834 for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

 Redistricting is one of the items on the Texas Legislature's third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.

Photo of people attending ACL Fest
City of Austin approves ACL health and safety plan, holds off on final permit

Austin Public Health gave ACL the go-ahead to allow proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test, but asked organizers to require masking in some areas.

The Buda City Council adopted the 2021-22 tax rate and budget on Sep. 20. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper).
Buda City Council approves tax rate, budget and parks master plan

A new tax rate, budget and park master plan adopted for the City of Buda at their Sep. 20 meeting.

Dr. Rosina Valle spoke on the importance of the Centro community center at the Sep. 20 meeting of the San Marcos CISD school board. (Photo courtesy SMCISD)
SMCISD hearing on possible sale of Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos property brings dozens of supporters to meeting Sep. 20

The school district is in the process of having the property appraised but has not made a decision on whether to sell or continue to rent it out to Centro.

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
Wayback Burgers coming to Leander; fire kills 75 dogs in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Shoppers can customize bouquets with additions like this Batman emblem. (Photos by Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local florist Kyle Flower Shop awarded best small business by the city

Kyle Flower Shop sell custom floral arrangements, succulents and small ficus trees.

graphic
DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.