Statutes & Rules

Florida Statutes & Administrative Rules Governing Gifted Education

Services for students in Florida who meet “gifted” eligibility requirements are mandated by state statute, regulated by Department of Education Administrative Rules, and funded annually by the FL Legislature.

List of all FLDOE Rules Currently Under Review



  • 1003.01 3(a) & (b) FL’s gifted mandate 

    (3)(a)  EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT means any student who has been determined eligible for a special program in accordance with rules of the State Board of Education. The term includes students who are gifted and students with disabilities who have an intellectual disability; autism spectrum disorder; a speech impairment; a language impairment; an orthopedic impairment; an other health impairment; traumatic brain injury; a visual impairment; an emotional or behavioral disability; or a specific learning disability, including, but not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia; students who are deaf or hard of hearing or dual sensory impaired; students who are hospitalized or homebound; children with developmental delays ages birth through 5 years, or children, ages birth through 2 years, with established conditions that are identified in State Board of Education rules pursuant to s. 1003.21(1)(e).

    (b) “SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES” means specially designed instruction and such related services as are necessary for an exceptional student to benefit from education. Such services may include: transportation; diagnostic and evaluation services; social services; physical and occupational therapy; speech and language pathology services; job placement; orientation and mobility training; braillists, typists, and readers for the blind; interpreters and auditory amplification; services provided by a certified listening and spoken language specialist; rehabilitation counseling; transition services; mental health services; guidance and career counseling; specified materials, assistive technology devices, and other specialized equipment; and other such services as approved by rules of the state board.


All Administrative Rules


Florida Department of Education Rules Governing Gifted Education
(Click on the “final” Word document for the current rule.)