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Gifted and Talented

New Jersey’s Definition

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-1.3: "Gifted and talented students" means students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability in one or more content areas when compared to their chronological peers in the local school district and who require modifications of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities

What Does the State of NJ Require?

In order to classify a student as Gifted and Talented (G&T) the school must have a board-approved G&T identification process that uses multiple measures. 

All students from grades K-12 should be considered for G&T. 

  • Once in the G&T program, modifications, instructional adaptations, and services must be provided in the student’s educational program. 
  • Schools must review and make continuous improvements of the G&T program based on best practices and available technology.

What Does the State Recommend? 

  • While NJ has not adopted standards, standards are available for use through the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and also National Standards. 
  • The NJDOE recommends training for teachers who are GATE teachers

Program Eligibility 

  • Phase One: Academic Performance
  • Performance on NWEA MAP Assessments 
    • Lexile Score
    • Standards Based Report Card Indicators
  • Teacher Recommendation

TES Board Policy 2464

NJ Student Learning Standards: Gifted and Talented FAQs

TES Gifted and Talented Protocols


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