Definition of “Gifted”
The Kansas State Department of Education provides the following information related to Special Education services for gifted students in Kansas:
"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.
For the purpose of identifying those students who are eligible to receive Gifted Education Services, Andover School District further defines giftedness using a research-based list of attributes typically found in individuals who have a high degree of intellectual ability. Students who display many of these attributes and needs that cannot be met in the general education classroom will be evaluated for identification as a gifted learner.
The gifted learner:
displays superior problem solving skills
demonstrates persistent intellectual curiosity
shows initiative and originality in intellectual work
asks searching questions
exhibits a high level of conceptual understanding
displays considerable depth of knowledge in multiple areas
demonstrates ability to generate original ideas and solutions
is able to master grade-level work easily
exhibits a high level of critical thinking
displays a high level of abstract thinking
demonstrates concern for world problems and/or fairness
exhibits high moral judgment
displays unusually high intensity and/or depth of feeling
displays uneven levels of development (e.g. highly intelligent, yet socially, behaviorally, or physically immature)
expresses feelings of being different
sets high expectations for self and others
displays highly developed sense of humor
needs intense and sustained academic and/or affective support
The process for identifying students who are eligible to receive Gifted Education Services in Andover is driven by data gathered from a variety of information sources.