TWICE EXCEPTIONAL (2e) - Gifted Students with Disabilities
District 11 works collaboratively with classroom teachers, special educators, gifted educators, and parents to identify twice exceptional students and implement strategies to meet their diverse needs.
Twice-exceptional students are those who are identified as gifted according to state criteria in one or more categories of giftedness and are identified with a disability according to federal/state criteria – and the disability qualifies them for either an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 plan.
Twice Exceptional students are often difficult to identify because they possess the characteristics of gifted students and the characteristics of students with disabilities. Gifted characteristics may mask disabilities, or disabilities may mask gifted potential. Gifted students with disabilities are often at-risk because their educational and social-emotional needs often go undetected. The inconsistent academic performance can lead educators to believe 2e students are not putting forth the effort. Hidden disabilities may prevent students with advanced abilities from achieving their full potential.