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Gifted Services

Intellectually gifted children and youth are those who perform or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These children and youth require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Children and youth possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

Each LEA must develop and implement procedures to evaluate students referred for gifted services.

Information must be obtained in the following areas:

  1. Aptitude. Aptitude should be assessed through an individual or group test of intelligence or creativity. Vision and hearing screening must be completed prior to completing individually administered aptitude assessments (not screeners.)
  2. Performance. At least three examples of student performance that indicate the student is performing at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of his or her age, experience, or environment must be included.
  3. Characteristics. A behavior rating scale designed to assess gifted behaviors should be used.
  4. Aptitude Test Selection. Information must be gathered to determine if there are any environmental, cultural, economic, language differences, or a disabling condition that might mask a student’s true abilities and thereby affect student performance in the areas evaluated.

Placement and Service Delivery Options

LEAs must utilize a variety of service delivery options that may include but are not limited to resource room pull-out, consultation, mentorships, advanced classes, and independent study. Gifted students’ need for complexity and accelerated pacing must be accommodated for in the general education program. Accommodations may include strategies such as flexible skills grouping, cluster grouping with differentiation, curriculum compacting, subject and grade acceleration, dual enrollment, and advanced classes. Each LEA must establish and implement a procedure for considering any requests for subject or grade acceleration.

For more information about SES Gifted, contact Shirley Farrell at
or Nancy Johnson at

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