Advanced learners are students from all cultural and socioeconomic groups who perform at, or show the potential for performing at an outstanding level when compared with others of same age, experience or environment. They have cognitive and affective needs that require a differentiated and challenging learning environment.
Students are identified as advanced learners to match the most appropriate level of service (curriculum, instruction and support) to the student's needs in order to produce advanced achievement. Some students with advanced learning needs require services beyond Levels I and II. The core curriculum is differentiated by the classroom teacher trained to provide greater depth, complexity, novelty and/or pacing based on individual strengths, talents and sustained interests. Instructional practices for advanced learners and grouping are emphasized in Level III services.