The following national and Minnesota definitions of gifted and talented guide the Mankato Area Public Schools’ Talent Development Program
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The current federal definition of “gifted and talented” appeared in the 1993 National Excellence report published by the United States Department of Education. The definition is as follows:
“Children and youth with outstanding talent perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These children and youth exhibit high performance capability in intellectual, creative, and/or artistic areas, possess an unusual leadership capacity, or excel in specific academic fields. They require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the schools. Outstanding talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.”
The Minnesota State Department of Education offers a similar definition that guides Mankato Area Public Schools.
- Approved by the Minnesota Department of Education, August, 2005