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.