Gifted Resources

Gifted Organizations
Florida Department of Education
Davidson Gifted
Florida Gifted Network
Florida Association for the Gifted
National Society for the Gifted and Talented
National Association for Gifted Children

Parent Resources
Hoagie's Gifted Page
Alachua County Public Schools
Perfectionism in Children
Helping Gifted Students Cope with Perfectionism
Preventing Perfectionism in Children
Managing Anxiety in Gifted Children
Gifted Kids at Risk
Is Your Child Anxious Because They're Gifted?
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Parenting Gifted Kids

Florida Gifted Policy as of June 2020

(1) "Gifted. One who has superior intellectual development and is capable of high performance.

(2) Criteria for eligibility. A student is eligible for special instruction programs for the gifted if the student meets criteria under (2)(a) or (b) of this rule.
a) The student demonstrates:
  1. Need for a special program.
  2. A majority of characteristics of gifted students according to a standard scale or checklist, and
  3. Superior intellectual development as measured by an intelligence quotient of two standard deviations or more above the mean on an individually administered standardized test of intelligence.

b) The student is a member of an under-represented group and meets the criteria specific in an approved school district for increasing the participation of under-represented groups in programs for gifted students. 1. For the purpose of this rule, under-represented groups are defined as groups:
  1. Who are limited English proficient, OR
  2. Who are from low socio-economic status family.

2. The Department of Education is authorized to approve school district plans for increasing the participation of students from under-represented groups in special instructional programs for the gifted.
(3) Procedures for student evaluation. The minimum evaluations for determining eligibility are the following:
  1. Need for a special instruction program,
  2. Characteristics of the gifted,
  3. Intellectual development, and
  4. May include those evaluation procedures specified in an approved district plan to increase the participation of students from under-represented groups in programs for the gifted."
(Florida Administrative Code)

Steps in Gifted Identification

  1. Student is identified for potential gifted status by meeting requirements on the gifted checklist, to be filled out by a teacher or staff member who has known the student for at least six weeks.
  2. The student's parent will sign a consent form agreeing to have their child tested for gifted at school using an IQ test.
  3. The student will be prescreened for the IQ test
  4. The student will be administered the IQ test.
  5. The parent will be invited to a meeting at the school to develop an Educational Plan. At this meeting, the parent will identify gifted goals for the child to focus on.