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.

 Texas 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, 69 KB) 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) 

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.


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.

   Texas GT program Implementation resources   Texas G/T Program Implementation Resource  (outside source) 


 TPSP  The Texas Performance Standards Project (outside source)

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

 GT Toolkit 1 Gifted/Talented Teacher Toolkit I (outside source)

 GT Toolkit 2 Gifted/Talented Teacher Toolkit II (outside source)

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