Individual Education Plans (IEPs) were originally written for students with disabilities to ensure that they receive a free, appropriate public education. IEPs can be a useful tool and a motivating force in planning for and meeting the needs of gifted students. The IEP process is helpful in planning services for gifted students and assessing their progress or growth. This process aids schools in answering the question, “What will we do when they already know it (curriculum)?” This process guides educators to review assessed indicators on state and district assessments in which gifted students are more than proficient, and by comparing them with the identified needs of student on the IEP, to develop goals. These goals are driven by assessed indicators that align curriculum and instruction ...

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