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New Jersey Student Learning Standards

Gifted and Talented

Statutes and Regulations

N.J.A.C. 6A:8-1.3

"Gifted and talented students" means students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability in one or more content areas when compared to their chronological peers in the local school district and who require modifications of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.

"Instructional adaptation" means an adjustment or modification to instruction enabling students with disabilities, ELLs, or students in alternative education programs or who are gifted and talented to participate in, benefit from, and/or demonstrate knowledge and application of the NJSLS.

6A:8-3.1(a) Curriculum and instruction

District boards of education shall ensure that curriculum and instruction are designed and delivered in such a way that all students are able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills specified by the NJSLS and shall ensure that appropriate instructional adaptations are designed and delivered for students with disabilities, for ELLs, for students enrolled in alternative education programs, and for students who are gifted and talented.

6A:8-3.1(a)(5)

District boards of education shall be responsible for identifying gifted and talented students and shall provide them with appropriate instructional adaptations and services.

  1. District boards of education shall make provisions for an ongoing K-12
    identification process for gifted and talented students that includes
    multiple measures.
  2. District boards of education shall provide appropriate kindergarten through-grade-12 (K-12) educational services for gifted and talented students.
  3. District boards of education shall develop appropriate curricular and instructional modifications used for gifted and talented students indicating content, process, products, and learning environment.
  4. District boards of education shall take into consideration the Pre-K–Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards of the National Association for Gifted Children in developing programs for gifted and talented students.

6A:8-3.1(c)

District boards of education shall be responsible for the review and continuous improvement of curriculum and instruction based upon changes in knowledge, technology, assessment results, and modifications to the NJSLS, according to N.J.A.C. 6A:8-2.

  1. District boards of education shall include interdisciplinary connections throughout the K-12 curriculum.
  2. District boards of education shall integrate into the curriculum 21st century themes and skills.
  3. District boards of education shall provide the time and resources to develop, review, and enhance inter-disciplinary connections, supportive curricula, and instructional tools for helping students acquire required knowledge and skills.

    The tools include, but are not limited to:

    1. A pacing guide;
    2. A list of core instructional materials, including various levels of texts at each grade level;
    3. Benchmark assessments; and
    4. Modifications for special education students, for ELLs in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:15, for students at risk of school failure, and for gifted students.

6A:13-2.1(a) Standards-based instruction

All school districts shall implement a coherent curriculum for all students, including English language learners (ELLs), gifted and talented students and students with disabilities, that is content-rich and aligned to the most recent revision of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). The curriculum shall guide instruction to ensure that every student masters the NJSLS. Instruction shall be designed to engage all students and modified based on student performance. Such curriculum shall include:

  1. Interdisciplinary connections throughout;
  2. Integration of 21st century skills;
  3. A pacing guide;
  4. A list of instructional materials, including various levels of text at each grade;
  5. Benchmark assessments; and
6. Modifications for special education students, for English language learners in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:15 and for gifted stu