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Who are Gifted/Talented Students?

Gifted and talented students are those who demonstrate high performance ability or potential in academic areas.  According to the National Excellence Report (1995) they are:

Children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment.  [They} exhibit high performance capability in intellectual, creative, and/or artistic areas, posses an unusual leadership capacity, or excel specific academic fields.  They present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

Characteristics of Gifted and Talented Students
Learn easily and rapidly
Think clearly, recognize implied relationships, comprehend meanings
Read on the average two years above grade level
Retain information without drill
Possess a large vocabulaty
Exhibit independence, individualism, and self-sufficiency
Demonstrate a curious nature
Ask penetrating, searching questions
Focus intently on areas of interest
Produce original products or ideas
Prefer complex ideas