Gifted Acronyms/Terminology

General Gifted Terms:

GT – Gifted and Talented

HA – High Ability

TD – Talent Development

HG – Highly Gifted

PG – Profoundly Gifted

2E or 2X – Twice-Exceptional

Neurodiversity – neurological differences or variations

Gifted Education Terms:

Differentiation – Providing instruction and content in different ways and at different levels to meet students’ unique needs

Compacting – Using pre-assessment to adjust the curriculum, removing content that has already been mastered, making time for new content

Telescoping – Similar to compacting, but generally used to advance through the set curriculum faster (Doing 4th and 5th grade math in 4th grade is an example of this.)

Full-grade Acceleration – Skipping one year of school

Early Entrance – beginning kindergarten or first grade when younger than the general age cut-off

Subject Acceleration – Joining a higher class for one subject

2e Abbreviations:

IEP – Individualized Education Plan

504 Plan – Another type of educational contract with a school for accommodations, etc

ADHD – Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder

EBD – Emotional/Behavioral Disorder

LD – Learning Disability

NVLD – Non-Verbal Learning Disability

Dyscalculia – Difficulty with mathematical reasoning and number sense

Dysgraphia – Affects writing abilities. may include handwriting difficulty, trouble getting thoughts onto paper, spelling, etc.

Dyslexia – Affects language processing. May include decoding speech, written language, or the relationship between the two.

Sensory Processing Disorder – A condition in which the brain interprets messages from the senses differently.


ACT – American College Test

SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test, now called the SAT Reasoning Test

EXPLORE – ACT’s College Readiness Test for 8th and 9th graders

NUMATS – Northwest Academic Talent Search

NNAT – Naglieri Non-verbal Ability Test

SB-5 – Stanford-Binet (5th ed.)

WISC-IV – Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children (4th ed.)

WISC-V – Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children (5th ed.)

CLEP – College Level Examination Program


AP – Advanced Placement

AoPS – Art of Problem Solving

EPGY – Educational Program for Gifted Youth

CIS – College in the schools

PSEO – Post-secondary enrollment options

UMTYMP – University of Minnesota Talented Youth Math Program

ECAE – Edina Center for Academic Excellence

DYS – Davidson Young Scholars Program

Organizations for Gifted:

MCGT – Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented

MEGT – Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented

NAGC – National Association for Gifted Children

SENG – Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted


U of M – University of Minnesota

Navigator program for the profoundly gifted in Minnetonka Schools

Lighthouse – individualized learning, full-time gifted program in Spring Lake Park

SAGE Academy – Full-time gifted program in Prior Lake

D.A. – Dimensions Academy program for highly gifted and profoundly gifted in Bloomington

CVA – Cyber Village Academy

Atheneum – Full-time gifted program in Inver Grove Heights

MOSAIC – Full-time gifted program in Eden Prairie


Hoagies – a website for all things gifted,

Iowa Acceleration Scale – a comprehensive checklist for determining whether acceleration is a good fit for a child

For more gifted acronyms, check out Hoagies website