Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, Family/Community English Version, Spanish Version requires parents to be informed of all gifted/talented services and opportunities (19 TAC §89.3) and included in the annual G/T services evaluation process. (TEC §§11.251-11.253).

“Why are parents so important? Well, to state what may be obvious…parents first and foremost are the primary external support system for the child, and their beliefs and attitudes naturally have a significant impact on the thinking and actions of the child. Success in school in the United States requires that a student have a strong external support system because of homework, projects, money, time, etc., that the school needs. Parents also represent the community in which the student lives. An important contributing factor to the success of a student in school is the extent to which the external support system exists” (Payne, 2008).

Read the insightful article, “Parental Involvement in Education Among Low-Income Families: A Case Study” by Jane Graves Smith.

Student Assessment Process used to Identify G/T Students