Gifted Talented Education
Welcome to the gifted/talented (G/T) education webpage. The state's goal for G/T students is to ensure that students who participate in G/T services demonstrate self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication skills. 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)
The following G/T resources assist local education agencies in certifying 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 and the use of the funds on the district’s program for G/T as provided by the State Board of Education rule.
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 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 30 hours of G/T foundational training, 6 hours of update, and administrator/counselor training are coordinated by the local district.
- Required Gifted/Talented Teacher Training (PDF, 16.9 KB)
- Gifted and Talented (Supplemental) (SBEC Standards)
School board training and other trainings are available through the regional Education Service Centers (ESCs).
Gifted/Talented Education Resources
The following links provide support for G/T instruction and program services.
Statewide Coordinator, Gifted/Talented Education
Special Populations Division
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1401