Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Meeting the Needs of Gifted/Talented Learners

An Investment in the Future of Illinois

With Statutory and Financial Provisions Without Statutory and Financial Provisions
  • School districts identify students with gifts and talents whose needs require different programs and services.
  • Professional development opportunities are provided to prepare teachers to address the needs of gifted/talented learners. This creates better teachers for ALL learners.
  • School districts look for and address the needs of gifted/talented students from low-income and minority families.
  • Students whose advanced learning needs are met tend to score well on standardized tests, often exceeding expectations.
  • Corporations and businesses consider the educational programs available to their employees who often require services to gifted/talented learners.
  • School districts no longer are required to identify and provide services to students whose needs are different.
  • Educators must seek, on their own, appropriate curriculum and methods to meet the needs of gifted/talented learners – or decide not to address these needs.
  • Low-income and minority gifted/talented students may go unrecognized in their classrooms.
  • When schools do not meet the needs of gifted/talented students, families may seek private schools or decide to home school.
  • Unchallenged students may develop poor attitudes toward school and may fail to perform well academically.
  • Failure to support and acknowledge gifted education may cause corporations/individuals not to locate in Illinois.