Gifted Talented Education

Welcome to the gifted/talented (G/T) education webpage. The state’s goal for G/T students is to ensure that those students who participate in G/T services demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication. G/T students develop innovative products and sophisticated performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are targeted to an audience outside the classroom.

A gifted/talented student is a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who

  • exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
  • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  • excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121)

Texas State Plan

The State Plan provides requirements for and guidance to districts as they meet the unique needs of the gifted/talented population in Texas.

2009 State Plan

The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (State Plan) - revised 2009

English Version (PDF, 160 KB)   Spanish Version (PDF, 181 KB) 

For a print-ready file allowing you to produce an English-Spanish flip version of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, please e-mail

Gifted/Talented Frequently Asked Questions provides information relating to the State Plan and should not be construed as TEA rules. The PDF version of the G/T FAQs (PDF, 69KB) are available. 

For further questions or inquires email TEA at

Join the Texas Gifted/Talented Education mailing list 


Guiding Questions for Program Review (PDF, 187 KB) 

This tool for G/T program review serves as a resource to the State Plan and provides guided questions to assist districts in their efforts to meet the compliance guidelines.


Professional Development

The 30 hours of G/T foundational training, 6 hours of update, and administrator/counselor training is coordinated by the local district.

Required Gifted/Talented Teacher Training (PDF, 16.9 KB) 

School board training and other trainings are available through the regional Education Service Centers (ESCs).


Related Links

The Texas Education Code on Gifted/Talented Education, TEC Subchapter D. Educational Programs for Gifted/Talented Students §29.121-§29.123 and §42.156

The Texas Administrative Code on Gifted/Talented Education (TAC) §89.1-§89.5

Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) Frequently Asked Questions  (PDF, 30KB)

Reading Strategies for Advanced Primary Readers (PDF, 12,811KB)

The Texas Performance Standards Project (outside source)  

Equity in G/T (outside source) 

Texas AP/IB Incentive Program

Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (outside source) 

National Association for Gifted Children (outside source) 


Gifted/Talented Education Resources

The following links provide support for G/T instruction and program services.

TPSP  The Texas Performance Standards Project (outside source)

GT Equity  Equity in G/T Education (outside source)

Toolkit I  Gifted/Talented Teacher Toolkit I (outside source)

Toolkit IIGifted/Talented Teacher Toolkit II (outside source)

Estudios  Estudios, A J. K. Javits Grant Program (outside source)




Monica Brewer, Statewide Coordinator, Gifted/Talented Education
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1401
(512) 463-9581

Curriculum Division
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1401
(512) 463-9581