Gifted and Talented Students

Intro to Special Ed

Gifted Students

Gifted students may be difficult to identify in the classroom. Some students may present as A individuals who go out of their way to do a good job. Some students may not do their work and may appear distracted in class. This may be because they are bored.

Gifted students are typically defined as having an IQ of 130 or above

How to Identify a Gifted Student

  • Asks questions
  • Good memory
  • Can process lots of information
  • Masters skills easily
  • Finishes work quickly


  • Can be impatient
  • Can be easily off task when bored
  • May complete work fast, but sloppy
  • May be disruptive
  • May be annoyed easily if not called on in class

Classroom Strategies

In the Regular Education Classroom

  • Give the students independent projects to enhance their work and learning
  • Find academic competitions the student can work towards
  • Assign projects that go above and beyond the classroom work.
  • Find a mentor
  • Incorporate technology into the assignments
  • Develop a tiered curriculum so the student doesn't feel left out by doing a different assignment. Take what they are learning and adjust it to their skill level
  • If you think your student may be gifted, have the Child Study Team look at them and decide if they should be tested

Gifted Students in USD 259

  • "Gifted" as defined in K.A.R. 91-40-1(cc) means performing or demonstrating the potential for performing at significantly higher levels of accomplishment in one or more academic fields due to intellectual ability, when compared to others of similar age, experience and environment.
  • In order to receive gifted services, the student must have an IEP. This is to ensure that if the student moves to another school or another district, they will be able to still receive gifted services.

The teacher or parent who requests gifted testing must prove that the student

  • goes above and beyond the classroom assignments (completing projects etc.)
  • must be able to complete accurate work 2 grade levels above their current grade
  • regular general education interventions are not meeting the student's needs