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Maine

Maine

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Gift Program
Mandated
State funding
Partial

State Definition of "gifted & talented":

Gifted and Talented Children: ‘Gifted and talented children’ shall mean those children in grades k-12 who excel, or have the potential to excel, beyond their age peers, in the regular school program, to the extent that they need and can benefit from programs for the gifted and talented. Gifted and talented children shall receive specialized instruction through these programs if they have exceptional ability, aptitude, skill, or creativity in one or more of the following categories:
1. General Intellectual Ability as shown by demonstrated significant achievement or potential for significant accomplishment above their age peers in all academic areas.
2. Specific Academic Aptitude as shown by demonstrated significant achievement or potential for significant accomplishment above their age peers in one of more academic area(s)
3. Artistic Ability as shown by demonstrated significant achievement or potential for significant accomplishment above their age peers in the literary, performing, and/or visual arts
NOTE: Children with exceptional General Intellectual Ability and/or Specific Academic Aptitude usually comprise five percent of the school population. Students with exceptional Artistic Ability usually comprise five percent of the school population. Children in the top two percent of the school population may be considered highly gifted.
(Maine Code Me. R. § 5-071-104.02)

State Association:Maine Educators of the Gifted & Talented
Governor:Paul LePage
State Dept. of Ed. - Gifted and Talented:Lee Worchester
State Superintendent: Stephen Bowen