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Strategies for academic development that deepens students understanding.


Resources and strategies that support acceleration of single-subject or whole grade.

 Accelerated Placement Act

 Gifted Education Teacher Endorsements

Endorsements may be added to an Illinois educator license when educators meet specific coursework and testing requirements. Two new endorsements relative to gifted education are described in Illinois Administrative Rule 25.100 (l): Gifted Education Teacher Endorsement and Gifted Education Specialist Endorsement.PDF Document

The Gifted Education Teacher endorsement may be used to provide instruction in a gifted education program, while the Gifted Education Specialist endorsement may be used to provide instruction to students and provide both technical assistance and professional development to other educators. ​​​Educators are not required to have a gifted education endorsement to teach gifted and accelerated programming.  For additional information on endorsements, please visit the Educator Licensure ​page. ​


 Twice Exceptional Resources

​Resources for Districts

The Illinois State Board of Education, the Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted and Talented Children, and the State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities have formed a subcommittee that is working on resources for districts to support their efforts to identify twice exceptional(2e) students.

“Twice exceptional” is a term used to describe students who have potential for high achievement who are both talented or accelerated and show evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria -- such as autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, developmental delay, emotional disability, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment.

Twice exceptional students often are under identified; they may exhibit strengths in certain areas and weaknesses in others.

Common Characteristics

  • Strong sense of curiosity
  • Outstanding critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Difficulties with reading and writing

Best Practices

  • Provide challenges.
  • Individualize services.
  • Focus on student strengths first.
  • Provide accommodations.
  • Be flexible when grouping students.
  • Grade by learning objective, not by how students execute directions.
  • Allow flexibility to show mastery.
  • Use a strength-based approach.

Tips for Identification​

  • Use a multi-dimensional approach to identify twice exceptional students.
  • Consider oral questioning.
  • Extend time for students to demonstrate knowledge.
  • Offer assessment procedures to accommodate language and cultural differences.
  • Use both formal and informal assessments.

Resources to help with identification of students who are twice exceptional

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