• Gifted Terminology from The Texas State Plan for the Gifted/Talented

    Area of Giftedness
    The specific ability in which a student performs or shows potential to perform at a remarkably high level of accomplishment
    Intellectual or General Intellectual Ability
    Possessing superior intelligence with potential or demonstrated accomplishments in several fields of study; ability to perform complex mental tasks
    Possessing outstanding imagination, thinking ability, innovative or creative reasoning ability, ability in problem solving, and/or high attainment in original or creative thinking
    Possessing outstanding ability in the visual and performing arts
    Possessing the natural ability to influence others; possessing skills in interpersonal relationships demonstrated, for example, by outstanding ability in such activities as student government
    Specific Academic Field
    Possessing superior ability or potential in a specific course of study such as science, mathematics, language arts, or social studies
    Qualitative or Subjective Measures
    Measures used to assess student needs that include observations, anecdotal records, checklists, interviews, student products, performances, etc.
    Quantitative or Objective Measures
    Standardized tests that are used to assess students
    A leave of absence from program services that can be due to a variety of circumstances (formerly called a WAIVER)
    Exploration of content within a discipline; analyzing from the concrete to the abstract, familiar to the unfamiliar, known to the unknown; exploring the discipline by going past facts and concepts into generalizations, principles, theories, laws; investigating the layers of experience within a discipline through details, patterns, trends, unanswered questions, ethical considerations
    Extending content in, between, and across disciplines through the study of themes, problems, and issues; seeing relationships between and among ideas in/within the topic, discipline, and/or disciplines; examining relationships in, between, and across disciplines over time, and from multiple points of view
    Continuum of Learning Experiences
    Articulated learning experiences that provide planned experiences that build upon one another each year a student is in school
    Array of Learning Experiences
    A menu of challenging learning experiences or opportunities that fit the unique interests and abilities of advanced level students
    Concurrent Enrollment
    The practice of enrolling in a college or university to earn college or university credit while in high school
    Dual Enrollment
    The practice of enrolling in a college or university while enrolled in high school for the purpose of earning high school and college credit simultaneously