Gifted and Talented

Published: 9/8/2015 3:33 PM


Kentucky offers gifted education services for identified students across all grade levels.

Primary students are screened and selected as high potential learners and students in grades 4-12 are formally identified for services in one or more of the following areas:
     • general intellectual aptitude
     • specific academic aptitude
     • creative or divergent thinking
     • psychosocial or leadership skills
     • visual or performing arts
704 KAR 3:285. Programs for the gifted and talented.
KRS 157.200(1)(n) includes within the definition of "exceptional children" a category of "exceptional students" who are identified as possessing demonstrated or potential ability to perform at an exceptionally high level in general intellectual aptitude, specific academic aptitude, creative or divergent thinking, psychosocial or leadership skills, or in the visual or performing arts. KRS 157.224(1) commits the state to a comprehensive educational program for its exceptional school-aged children. KRS 157.230 requires all school districts to operate programs for resident exceptional children, primary - grade twelve (12). This administrative regulation establishes the requirements for programs for gifted and talented students.
The State Advisory Council for Gifted Talented Education
KRS 158.648 establishes and defines the purpose and duties of the SACGTE. The governor-appointed council acts in an advisory capacity to formulate and offer recommendations related to services for gifted and talented students.
These recommendations are made to the Commissioner of Education, the Kentucky Board of Education and the Education Professional Standards Board. The council’s recommendations are influential in formulating the policy decisions of these agencies relative to the education of gifted and talented students.

The council meets an average of 5-6 times per year.
Leann Pickerill
Office of Next-Generation Learners
Division of Learning Services
500 Mero Street, 18th Floor CPT
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970
Fax (502) 564-6721