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Twice Exceptional Students and Services
Twice exceptional students are identified as gifted and talented and also have met criteria for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a Section 504 plan. These students have a unique profile of significant strengths and weaknesses, thus they require support and special services in order to access appropriately challenging curriculum. The information on this site is designed to support parents and educators as they strive to identify and determine appropriate services for twice exceptional students in MCPS.
Programs and Services for Twice Exceptional Students
MCPS is one of the very few school districts in the nation that offers comprehensive services for students who are twice exceptional at the elementary, middle and high school level. Twice exceptional students access accelerated and enriched instruction with appropriate supports and services at their local school, within a magnet/choice program, or within a special education discrete service (e.g. GT/LD, Asperger's, Bridge). Links to information about common options are provided below.
School-Based Special Education Services - A comprehensive list and descriptions of all MCPS school-based special education services including local school and discrete services (e.g. GT/LD, Asperger's, Bridge, ED).
Frequently Asked Questions: GT/LD Discrete Services - Additional information about MCPS' GT/LD programs.
Twice Exceptional Students: A Parent Guide - Information for parents about GT/LD students and services: Chinese, French, Spanish, Vietnamese
Twice Exceptional Students: A Staff Guidebook for Supporting the Achievement of Gifted Students with Disabilities - Information for staff about twice exceptional students and services.
GT/SLD Characteristics Checklist for Staff- This checklist is designed to assist teams in determining whether or not a student may be suspected GT with a Specific Learning Disability (SLD). It may help teams to discuss whether a referral for GT/LD services may be appropriate.
Request for Twice Exceptional Student Support Form- School teams should use this form to request support in meeting the needs of twice exceptional students.
MCPS High Incidence Accessible Technology (HIAT)- Information and resources related to assistive technology in MCPS.
Interactive Frequently Asked Questions- An interactive FAQ that will answer your basic questions about twice exceptional students, GT/LD programs and services.
Recognizing GT/LD Webinar- A 60-minute recorded webinar focused on the identification of GT/LD students.
GT/LD Characteristics- A 10-minute interactive presentation focused on understanding the pattern of strengths and weaknesses of GT/LD students.
MCPS Professional Development
Countywide Professional Development- Log onto PDO to review current countywide offerings. (For example: SA-92 Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties, or use the search term "twice exceptional").
School-based Training - Available by requesting support through the Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction.
Additional Resources and Weblinks
For more information, please contact the twice exceptional instructional specialist in the Division of Accelerated and Enriched Instruction.