Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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Purpose & Goal


Provide administrators, educators, and parents practical resources for identifying and serving the low socioeconomic status gifted/talented learner.


Economically disadvantaged learners who have participated in services for gifted/talented learners will yield products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services. In order to accomplish this, gifted education services for economically disadvantaged learners must be made available for learners in grades K through 12. (Adapted from the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, 1990.)

Task Force

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) charged a task force of educators with identifying patterns and trends in G/T student identification, especially in terms of the representation of students from ethnically, academically, and/or economically diverse groups who currently are underrepresented in G/T programs.

The task force’s resulting publication, Equity in Gifted Education: A State Initiative, was designed to assist school district personnel in beginning to address the issue of equity in the identification process for their G/T students. This document encourages districts to consider alternative as well as traditional means of identifying potentially underserved G/T students.

Download the task force findings document: Equity in Gifted Education: A State Initiative

[+] View Task Force Members


Texas Education Agency Project Directors:
Monica Brewer
Shelly Ramos

Education Service Center, Region 13 Project Staff:
Erin Romero
Samantha Muñoz
Marilyn Peebles

Education Service Center, Region 16 Project Staff:
Frances Pool