The New Jersey Department of Education requires that each school district provide services to meet the needs of students who have been identified as gifted and talented. Each school district must establish a process to identify students as gifted and talented using multiple measures. These students require modification to their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities (N.J.A.C. 6A:8-3.1).
The New Jersey Department of Education has not adopted standards for gifted and talented programs. However, there are standards that have been developed by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Districts may find them useful in developing curriculum and planning classroom instruction. National standards have been created for specialized programs and services. For teacher preparation in gifted education, knowledge and skills for all teachers and advanced standards in teacher preparation will help guide and improve teaching and deepen student learning.
Pre-K to Grade 12 Gifted Education Programming Standards
National programming standards assist school districts in examining the quality of their programs and services for gifted learners. Recognizing that the ongoing evaluation and retooling of a successful gifted program is an evolutionary process, the NAGC pre-k-grade 12 programming standards detail a framework that focuses on student outcomes. Districts use the program standards both as mileposts for improving programs and services and as rubrics for evaluation. The standards have been endorsed by The Association for the Gifted of the Council for Exceptional Children-The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG).
Knowledge and Skill Standards in Gifted and Talented Education for All Teachers
It is critical that all teachers are able to recognize a high-ability student who may need more depth and complexity in instruction or be referred for further assessment and services. However, few general teacher preparation programs provide instruction on the needs of gifted and talented students, and as a result, the majority of teachers in classrooms today have not been trained to meet the learning needs of these students.
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Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted Education
National standards for gifted education teacher preparation programs reflect what the field of gifted education, led by NAGC, determines is essential for gifted education specialists to know and be able to do. The standards are the foundation for the knowledge and skills in which teacher candidates in gifted education demonstrate competency. They also are used as part of the national accreditation process through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
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Standards for Faculty in Gifted Education Teacher Preparation Programs
Faculty in teacher preparation programs in gifted and talented education assume responsibility for the development of pre-K-12 teachers who are well-prepared in recognizing and responding to the needs of gifted, talented, and high-potential students.
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Advanced Standards in Gifted Education Teacher Training
Many educators in gifted education continue their professional growth toward mastery of advanced professional standards to help prepare them for leadership roles in gifted education. The advanced standards lay out the knowledge and skills that teachers in gifted education should master as part of their preparation for advanced professional practice.
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