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unanderrasquare86Gifted Education is a shared responsibility between teachers and parents.

The Wollongong CEO follows Gagné’s differentiated model of giftedness and talent.  Gagne defines giftedness as the possession of natural abilities at levels significantly beyond what might be expected for one’s age; that is, giftedness is outstanding potential that may or may not yet be evident in outstanding performance. Gagné defines talent as the achievement or performance of one or more systematically developed skills at a level significantly beyond what might be expected for one’s age.

Teachers may devise specific Individual Plans for students who have been formally assessed as Gifted. These plans may include:

  • Differentiation within the classroom
  • Opportunities for growth outside the classroom
  • A variety of grouping strategies
  • Acceleration by subject or grade
  • Modified reporting procedures

The ACER General Ability Tests (AGAT) is a series of tests designed to assist teachers of students aged seven to sixteen years (approximately Year 2 to Year 10) in their assessment of students’ general reasoning ability. These tests have been developed especially for use in schools.

Each of the tests assesses students’ reasoning skills in three areas: Verbal and Numerical and Abstract (visual). 

At SPX all students take part in the AGAT assessment in Year 2. The results of this assessment will assist teachers in differentiating the curriculum for students, whilst at SPX. 

The Slosson Intelligence Test, is a verbal one-on-one test that provides an estimate of verbal cognitive ability. As it is not a full scale IQ test the Slosson will not provide an IQ score, but rather an indication of the band in which a child may fall and also some valuable anecdotal evidence of their areas of strength and weakness. The assessment focuses on the following areas: Similarities and differences, Vocabulary, Comprehension, Quantitative, General Information and Auditory memory.

If students perform highly in AGAT, they are then given the opportunity to take part in the SLOSSAN assessment.  Along with the observations of class teachers and the collection of class assessment data these two measures will assist SPX in better targeting the specific intellectual needs of our learners.


A Catholic Education Office initiative, offered to students who are identified as gifted, SPLICED stands for Stretching Potential through Learning in Interactive and Challenging Environments in the Diocese of Wollongong. Students complete engaging and challenging activities based on the seven Key Learning Areas.