Can students who are gifted be eligible for special education services?

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Yes.  Students who are identified as gifted by the identification and placement committee for the LCPS gifted education program and are also identified as a child with a disability, as defined by Virginia’s special education regulations, are considered "twice exceptional". All special education eligibility criteria, including educational impact and the need for specially designed instruction, must be met.

The Virginia Department of Education has published Supporting the Identification and Achievement of the Twice Exceptional Student to provide answers to common questions concerning the identification process and instruction of students with dual exceptionalities.  

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