In the State of Missouri, “gifted children” mean those who “exhibit precocious development of mental capacity and learning potential as determined by competent professional evaluation to the extent that continued educational growth and stimulation could best be served by an academic environment beyond that offered through a standard grade level curriculum.”
School districts in Missouri may establish programs for gifted children when a sufficient number of children in the district are determined to be gifted and their development requires programs or services beyond the level of those ordinarily provided in regular public school programs. The State Board of Education determines the standards for these gifted programs.
All districts with gifted programs must follow the rules and regulations set forth in the Program Procedures Manual for gifted programs. There is no limit to the number of students who can be served in a state-approved gifted program. It is the district’s responsibility to use the foundation funding they receive to support their gifted program. The “application” for state approval will be included in the October Cycle of Core Data information submitted annually by the school district.