Curriculum and Instruction

Definition of Giftedness

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.

The definition allows districts a great deal of latitude. For example, use of the phrase, "such as," indicates that giftedness can extend to areas other than "general intellectual ability, special academic aptitude, and outstanding ability in the visual and performing arts." In addition, the definition permits each district to determine the kinds of data to be used and procedures to be followed in identifying gifted students.

Last Updated: June 1, 2009