Talent Development and Acceleration Services-Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the definition of Gifted and Talented?

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    Minnesota Department of Education Definition of Gifted and Talented,

    Approved by Minnesota Department of Education, August 2005

    Gifted and talented children and youth are those students with outstanding abilities, identified at preschool, elementary, and secondary levels. The potential of gifted students requires differentiated and challenging educational programs and/or services beyond those provided in the general school program. Students capable of high performance include those with demonstrated achievement or potential ability in any one or more of the following areas: general intellectual, specific academic subjects, creativity, leadership and visual and performing arts. Visit the Minnesota Department of Education, Gifted Education website.

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  • What is the definition of acceleration?

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    Visit the Minnesota Department of Education, Gifted Education website.

     Acceleration is an intervention that moves students through an educational program at a more rapid rate than their age-mates. The goal of acceleration is to tailor the level and complexity of the curriculum to the ability and academic readiness of individual children. The Institute for Research and Policy (IRPA) Guidelines for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy contains an easy-to-use checklist to guide policy development. Visit the IRPA website.

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  • How can I find out about different extracurricular opportunities for my gifted child?

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    Contacting the school site your child attends is the most efficient way for options to be reviewed.  At the high school level, contact the guidance counselor at your child’s school. You can also look at options that may be available on our TDAS website under Enrichment Resources for Students and Families. If your question about gifted services in St. Paul Public Schools was not answered in this FAQ list, please contact a staff member on the Talent Development and Accelerated Services team: tdas@spps.org

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