Giftedness Defined

  • What is giftedness?
    The state of Texas defines gifted and talented students as a child or youth who perform at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:
    • Exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
    • Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
    • Excels in a specific academic field.
    How do I know a student is gifted?
    It is important to note that there are not one or two characteristics that an educator can point to in order to say that a student is gifted. It is a combination of characteristics. Some signs that a student might be gifted include, but are not limited to:
    • Extraordinary memory compared to peers
    • Highly curious
    • Highly creative
    • Exhibits abstract reasoning and problem solving skills
    • Draws inferences, grasps underlying principles
    • Initiates projects
    • Discusses things in detail, elaborates