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Gifted and Talented

Carmen Imai
Professional Development Consultant

Veronica Nuñez


Professional Development Requirements (TEA)

Required Gifted/Talented Teacher Training

Definition of Gifted and Talented
A "gifted and talented student" is a child or youth who performs at, or shows potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment, and who:
1. exhibits high performance ability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
2. possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
3. excels in a specific academic field.

State Goal Regarding Services for Gifted Students
Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.

GT Requirements/Texas State Plan

Gifted and Talented programs are required in all public school districts. Detailed program information is available in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (see links below).

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

Texas State Plan

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

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
The Texas Performance Standards Project
Equity in G/T
Gifted/Talented Resources
Advanced Academics
Texas Association for Gifted and Talented
National Association for Gifted Children

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