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Gifted programs show significant increase in reading, math scores

Reading and math scores among students in Bloomington Public Schools’ gifted programs showed significant growth on the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) tests over a two-year period.

The overall percentage of gifted students who hit reading national growth targets increased from 57.1 percent in 2014-15 to 74.9 percent in 2016-17. Math scores increased from 57.7 percent to 72.1 percent over the same time period.

The MAP test sets national growth norms by measuring year-over-year growth compared to the average growth of students in the nation that have the same prior year score. Bloomington gifted students have significantly more than 50 percent of students scoring above national growth norm.

Another MAP test measure is Percentage of Expected Growth (PEG). During the 2016-17 school year, gifted students achieved 151 percent of the expected growth in math, meaning they made one and a half years of growth in one year. In reading, PEG was 260 percent in reading, or two and a half times the expected growth.

With a focus on personalized learning, Bloomington Public Schools offers academic programs for students of all abilities. Programs for academically and creatively gifted students in grades 1 through 10 include Elements, Dimensions Academy, Nobel and Dimensions Academy High School.