What is Giftedness?

Giftedness, intelligence, and talent are fluid concepts and may look different in different contexts and cultures. Even within schools you will find a range of beliefs about the word “gifted,” which has become a term with multiple meanings and much nuance.

Definitions of Giftedness

Definitions provide the framework for gifted education programs and services, and guide key decisions such as which students will qualify for services, the areas of giftedness to be addressed in programming (e.g., intellectual giftedness generally, specific abilities in math), when the services will be offered, and even why they will be offered.  There is no universally accepted definition of giftedness.

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State Definitions of Gifted and Talented

Nearly every state has its own definition of gifted and talented students.  Some define giftedness based on a comparison to others of the same age.  Others base the definition on needs beyond what is offered in the regular classroom.  Not all states require that school districts follow the state definition. Click on the below image to read more on the Florida Statute and gifted students/education.

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Advocacy simply means the speaking out on behalf of others and promoting their best interests. As parents we find ourselves in situations where we have no choice but to advocate on behalf of our children, whether it’s with schools or with government agencies. There are also Gifted Advocacy Organizations both in Ireland and abroad which tirelessly champion the rights of gifted children worldwide through providing a support network for parents, children and educators. They also engage with education departments and governments to provide a best practice approach to gifted education.


When parents need the most authoritative information on raising gifted kids, they can turn to Parenting Gifted Children: The Authoritative Guide From the National Association for Gifted Children. This comprehensive guide covers topics such as working with high achievers and young gifted children, acceleration, advocating for talented students, serving as role models and mentors for gifted kids, homeschooling, underachievement, twice-exceptional students, and postsecondary opportunities.



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