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Dr. Tonya R. Moon

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Gifted Education Professor and Pr...

National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


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    University of Virginia
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To effectively review and address those ..., 22 Sept 2015 [cached]
To effectively review and address those concerns, the District contracted with the University of Virginia to conduct a program review, which was led by Dr. Tonya Moon, a gifted education professor and principal investigator for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. Upon conclusion of the review, the following recommendations were made:
Initial meetings began with the members reviewing and understanding Dr. Moon's program evaluation, reading additional research, and listening to scholarly presentations by nationally recognized faculty knowledgeable in these subjects and implementation. These presentations were provided at no cost to the District. The task force also conducted meetings with internal groups, including the District's Professional Development Committee, Math Committee, and Literacy Committee. The task force also reviewed Board meeting notes and decisions. Administrative calls were also placed to Dr. Moon regarding action plan development.
With the plan approved and the first year of implementation underway (2013-14), Dr. Moon returned to the District in February 2014 to complete a progress check of the action plan, per her original contract. Gifted education professor Dr. Reva Friedman of the University of Kansas was on hand to support Dr. Moon and also share her impressions.
Dr. Moon commended the improvements that had been made and the "substantial changes" that had been initiated, and also acknowledged areas needing further improvement, including professional development, assessment, and communication. The complete report from both evaluations and related documents are available on the District website ( > Learning > Learning for All > Program Evaluation).
Reflection The work of Dr. Moon and the task force ultimately highlighted the need for stronger core instruction in the general education classroom. Dr. Moon's January 2012 report notes, "While not explicitly stated, an assumption undergirding the D181 gifted programs is that the programs and their services are necessary because the general education program services are insufficient for the educational needs of the gifted students in the district. Dr. Moon further notes, "In a district that has as many high performing students as documented on the ISATs and other achievement measures, it is clear that the overall level of challenge in the district must be addressed for all learners.
other testing experts -- including ..., 29 Aug 2010 [cached]
other testing experts -- including Tonya Moon, a University of Virginia professor and principal investigator for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, and Robert Tobias, a New York University professor who directed assessment for city schools from 1988 to 2001 -- say there is no magic test that can't be gamed.
"No test gives a full picture," Dr. Moon said.
VAG Home Page, 6 Oct 2011 [cached]
Tonya Moon University of Virginia
Boston Globe Online / Education / In MCAS twist, some students may not feel challenged, 19 Oct 2003 [cached]
Tonya Moon, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and part of a research team with the National Center for the Gifted and Talented, did a two-year study of state standardized tests and gifted students.Research shows more teachers spending time on test preparation, including using worksheets mimicking state test questions, Moon said."Those things that are not assessed on the test no longer have a place in the classroom," she said.
Moon, who surveyed 2,500 teachers and visited 50 classrooms, said cuts in art, physical education, and field trips -- even science and social studies -- make school less engaging for gifted students.Moon reports some administrators have so pressured teachers that standards "have become more like a checklist."
Moon doesn't blame tests and standards."It is the way in which they are being used," she said.
That's a key point.
Teaching to the Test and Gifted Learners - Duke Gifted Letter, 1 April 2006 [cached]
- Tonya R. Moon, PhD
Tonya R. Moon is an associate professor at the University of Virginia and a principal investigator for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented.
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