Gifted Education

GIFTED AND TALENTED LEGISLATIVE SUMMARY

The summary below reflects legislative changes that specifically impact gifted and talented students made during the 2016 legislative session.

GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS PROGRAMS

Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.15 GIFTED and TALENTED STUDENTS PROGRAMS (a) and (b), permit school districts to identify students who are gifted and talented, locally develop and evaluate programs addressing instructional and affective needs, provide staff development to ensure that they have access to challenging educational programs. The legislation also provides guidance for districts to adopt procedures for assessing and identifying students.

Section (b) requires schools to adopt guidelines for assessing and identifying students for participation in gifted. The guidelines must be included in district and charter school World’s Best Workforce Plans (120B.11 Sub 2.)

Section (c) directs school districts and charter schools to adopt procedures for the academic acceleration of gifted and talented students that include an assessment of students' readiness and motivation for acceleration and a match between the curriculum and the students' academic needs. The procedures must be included in district and charter school World’s Best Workforce Plans (120B.11 Sub 2.)

Section (d) requires schools to adopt procedures consistent with section 124D.02 subdivision 1, for early admission to kindergarten or first grade of gifted and talented learners. The procedures must be included in district and charter school World’s Best Workforce Plans (120B.11 Sub 2.)

GIFTED AND TALENTED REVENUE

Funding has not changed and remains at $13.00 per pupil unit.

GENERAL EDUCATION REVENUE 126C.10 Subd. 2b. Gifted and talented revenue:

Provides school districts and charter schools with $13 times a district’s adjusted pupil units to be used to:

  1. Identify gifted and talented students.
  2. Provide education programs for gifted and talented students.
  3. Provide staff development to prepare teachers to best meet the unique needs of gifted and talented students.

Unspent revenue must be carried over and remains restricted as defined above.