I'm working on using the 'Resource' aspect of this blog to post pertinent AIG information. To this end, here's how North Carolina General Assembly (legislature) defines giftedness:
"The General Assembly believes the public schools should challenge all students to aim for academic excellence and that academically or intellectually gifted students perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. Academically or intellectually gifted students exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both intellectual areas and specific academic fields. Academically or intellectually gifted students require differentiated educational services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular educational program. Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups. across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor." (1996, 2nd Ex. Sess., c.18.24(f).)
So there you have it. What stands out in this definition to you?