Definition . Eligibility . Characteristics . Strategies for School . Strategies for Home


Giftedness is exceptional intellectual abilities that are evidence of outstanding capability, and require specially designed instruction and/or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program for grades 1-8.


For students, grades one (1) through eight (8), documentation that the student meets both of the following:

  1. Intellectual Ability
    • general intellectual ability, a full scale score of 2.0 or more standard deviations above the mean on a comprehensive test of intellectual ability, with consideration of 1.0 standard error of measurement at the 68% confidence level, and
  2. Achievement / Performance

· at least one area of academic achievement as measured by an individual standardized achievement test, indicating that the student requires specially designed instruction in one or more of the four  (4) core curricular areas; or

· at least one area of classroom performance as determined during the multidisciplinary evaluation, indicating the student requires specially designed instruction in one or more of the four (4) core curricular areas

For exceptional gifted, grades nine (9) through twelve (12), documentation the student meets the eligibility criteria for gifted and one or more of the following:

  1. the eligibility criteria for one or more of the disabilities as defined in State Board Policy 2419, and/or
  2. the definition for economically disadvantaged as defined in the agency's policies and procedures; and/or
  3. underachieving which takes into consideration the student's ability level, educational performance and achievement levels, and/or
  4. psychological adjustment disordered as documented by a comprehensive psychological evaluation

Special Considerations:

  1. When a student is being considered for eligibility based upon an ability score that falls within the minus range of a 1.0 standard error of measurement, at 2.0 standard deviations above the mean, the Eligibility Committee shall document that the student has the potential to achieve or perform at a level expected of a student scoring 2.0 standard deviations above the mean
  2. If determined that the eligibility criteria and/or assessment instruments discriminate against a student because the student belongs to a historically under-represented gifted population, eligibility for gifted services shall be based upon criteria that complement the definition and eligibility for gifted as described in Policy 2419.


  • Demonstrate high intellectual ability
  • Learn quickly
  • Demonstrates a large vocabulary
  • Shows a keen interest in how things work
  • Read at an early age through the child's own initiative
  • Demonstrate a wide range of interests
  • Often play with older or younger children

Strategies for School

  • Support the student's uniqueness by valuing his talents and encouraging his contributions.
  • Teach at the higher thinking levels, of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
  • Have the student solve problems that have a variety of solutions
  • Allow the student to pursue questions that have open-ended answers
  • Pre-assess skills and teach appropriately
  • Compact the regular education program to allow for appropriate level instructions

Strategies for Home

  • Provide your child with books, puzzles, and toys that allow the child to think and invent
  • Visit libraries, museums, zoos, plays, movies, etc. and discuss with the child what has been experienced
  • Help the child answer questions for himself
  • Support a time and place for homework, but allow the child to develop his own work and study habits
  • Review basic skills (i.e. multiplication facts)