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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 18 August 2011) . . Page.. 3598 ..


(2) At the end of semester 1 of 2011, in each of the ACT’s public senior secondary colleges, including Canberra Institute of Technology’s Vocational College, how many Year (a) 11 and (b) 12 students have been studying (i) tertiary English, (ii) non-tertiary English, (iii) tertiary mathematics at the level of (A) Specialist Mathematics and (B) Mathematical Methods and, tertiary mathematics at the level of Mathematical Applications and (iv) non-tertiary mathematics.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The ACT Gifted and Talented Students Policy (2008) states that:

3.7 Extension (deepening) is a curriculum differentiation strategy in which additional tasks such as portfolios, projects or research questions are given to gifted and talented students in specific areas so that their knowledge and understanding is extended or deepened.

3.8 Giftedness refers to a student’s outstanding, innate ability in one or more of the following domains: intellectual, creative, socioaffective or sensorimotor (Gagné,2007). Feldhusen (1993) identifies five levels of giftedness: mild, moderate, high, exceptional and profound. A student may display particular abilities at any stage or point in their schooling.

The figures provided below do not represent all students across all ACT public high schools and senior secondary colleges. This is because some schools do not group students in the classifications presented. For example, Kaleen High School does not stream English in semester 1; Gold Creek School uses a school wide cluster grouping model; and Melba Copland Secondary School combines two levels of English and two levels of mathematics.

Consequently, it is not possible to assume that these statistics reflect the number of intellectually gifted students in ACT public high schools and senior secondary colleges.

1) (a) At the end of semester 1 of 2011, year 7 students studying

i.

English in a gifted and talented or special extension level class = 235 students

ii.

English in Level 1 or equivalent class = 430 students

English in Level 2 or equivalent class = 385 students

English in Level 3 or equivalent class = 95 students

iii.

mathematics in a gifted and talented or special extension level class = 262 students

iv.

mathematics in Level 1 or equivalent class = 491 students

mathematics in Level 2 or equivalent class = 598 students

mathematics in Level 3 or equivalent class = 144 students.

(b) At the end of semester 1 of 2011, year 8 students studying

i.

English in a gifted and talented or special extension level class = 256 students

ii.

English in Level 1 or equivalent class = 606 students

English in Level 2 or equivalent class = 489 students

English in Level 3 or equivalent class = 96 students

iii.

mathematics in a gifted and talented or special extension level class = 291 students

iv.

mathematics in Level 1 or equivalent class = 669 students

mathematics in Level 2 or equivalent class = 592 students

mathematics in Level 3 or equivalent class = 124 students.


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