Curriculum and Instruction

Chapter 740 of the Laws of 1982 defines gifted pupils a "pupils who show evidence of high performances capability and exceptional potential in area such as general intellectual ability, special academic aptitude and outstanding ability in visual and performing arts. Such definition shall include those pupils who require educational programs or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their full potential."

This broad definition is the foundation on which identification of gifted students in New York State rests. A school district’s philosophy of gifted education, identification practices, and program should be consistent with the State definition.

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Last Updated: June 3, 2009