Identification of Gifted Students
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade? – Benjamin Franklin
Gifted Education is a strength-based model that identifies students with exceptional abilities and potential. The purpose of identification is not to label a child, but to match instruction, programming and support systems to their identified area(s) of strength and affective needs.
“Gifted and talented children" means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services.
Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice-exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic, ethnic and cultural populations.
Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness:
- General or specific intellectual ability
- Specific academic aptitude
- Creative or productive thinking
- Leadership abilities
- Visual arts, performing arts, music and psychomotor abilities
Specific Academic Aptitudes
Students can be identified with specific academic and talent aptitudes in the following areas: