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)
House Bill 3 Resources
The G/T program requirements for school districts under HB3 are:
- Each district shall adopt a policy regarding the use of funds to support the district’s program for G/T students.
- Each district shall annually certify to the commissioner that the district has established a program for G/T students as required by rule and it is consistent with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (State Plan) under Texas Education Code Section 29.123.
- Each district shall report to the commissioner regarding the use of the funds on the district’s program for G/T as provided by the State Board of Education rule.
To assist your district in the implementation of the law, the following resources:
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.
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 email@example.com.
For further questions or inquires email TEA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guiding Questions for Program Review (PDF, 187 KB)
Guiding Questions for Program Review Recommended (PDF, 143 KB)
Guiding Questions for Program Review Exemplary (PDF, 124 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.
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).
The Texas Administrative Code on Gifted/Talented Education (TAC) §89.1-§89.5
Reading Strategies for Advanced Primary Readers (PDF, 12,811KB)
The Texas Performance Standards Project (outside source)
Equity in G/T (outside source)
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.
Texas G/T Program Implementation Resource (outside source)
Gifted/Talented Teacher Toolkit I (outside source)
Gifted/Talented Teacher Toolkit II (outside source)
Estudios, A J. K. Javits Grant Program (outside source)