Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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About Economically Disadvantaged
Students & G/T Services

The phrase “gifted/talented student” means a student 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.

— 74th legislature of the State of Texas,
Chapter 29, Subchapter D, Section 29.121

G/T education is designed for approximately the top three to seven percent of the student population. As with other special programs, without the services of the G/T program, identified G/T students may not achieve their potential; therefore, they need the interventions that the G/T program can offer.

Today, we have much more abundant information about giftedness and how it manifests itself with economically disadvantaged students, ADD and ADHD students, students with an emotional disorder, and non-English speaking students.

Nontraditional G/T students

  • come from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • might also be twice-exceptional, both G/T and learning disabled

Despite adoption of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, discrepancies still exist between the percentage of underrepresented populations in the total student population versus the percentage of underrepresented populations identified for G/T services.