National Definition of Advanced and Accelerated / Gifted and Talented Learners:
"Children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience or environment." -U.S. Department of Education, 1993
Advanced and Accelerated programs were created to help advanced learning students achieve the most out of their educational opportunities. The Department of Education recognizes that children with talents have unique learning styles which require special planning and accommodations by school personnel to recognize, develop and nurture.