Twice-Exceptional Students

A “twice-exceptional learner” is a child or youth who performs at — or shows the potential for performing at — a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:

  1. exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
  2. possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  3. excels in a specific academic field (TEC 29.121)

…and who also gives evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility (IDEA, 2004) (300.8) (Section 504) criteria such as:

  • learning disabilities;
  • speech and language disorders;
  • emotional/behavioral disorders;
  • physical disabilities;
  • sensory disabilities (hearing impaired, visually impaired, blind-deaf);
  • traumatic brain injury;
  • autism spectrum disorder; or
  • other health impairments such as ADHD.

Parents, teachers, and other educators may be interested in exploring TEA’s “Equity in Gifted Education” website, which includes a host of resources dedicated to meeting the needs of this student population. Access the website here: http://gtequity.org/twice.php

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