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

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Equity in Gifted Education
Task Force Members
Summer 2003

Dr. Paul D. Slocumb, Committee Chair
Author/Consultant, aha! Process, Inc., Highlands, TX

In June 2003, the Texas Education Agency convened a task force for the purpose of examining current trends and practices in gifted programs in Texas. The focus of this group was to identify patterns and trends in identifying students from different racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups who are underrepresented in programs for the gifted and talented. The contributions of task force members were invaluable to this project. It is a beginning that hopefully will bring about more equitable representation in gifted programs in Texas.

Maria Arias, Director, Gifted/Bilingual Education
Socorro ISD, El Paso, TX

Jo Ann Barber, Education Specialist
Region I ESC, Laredo, TX

Cecelia Boswell, Director, Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Project
Region XIV ESC, Abilene, TX

Anna Cepeda, Advanced Placement Spanish Teacher
Valley View Junior High School, Valley View ISD, Hildalgo, TX

Deborah Dannelley, Superintendent
Marathon ISD, Marathon, TX

Maria De la Colina, Director, Bilingual/Migrant Education & ESL
Bryan ISD, Bryan, TX

Eddie Fitzgerald, Coordinator, G/T Programs
Lubbock ISD, Lubbock, TX

Randy Ford, Assistant Dean for Assessment
University of Texas-Arlington, Arlington, TX

Mary Hayes, Faculty Member
DeBakey High School, Houston ISD, Houston, TX

Sigifredo Huerta, Director, Migrant Education
Texas Education Agency, Austin, TX

Ester Hunt, Gifted Education Coordinator
Region VII ESC, Kilgore, TX

Lisa Leach, Assistant Superintendent
Roosevelt ISD, Lubbock, TX

Jacel Morgan, Assistant Superintendent
Houston ISD, Houston, TX

Suzee Oliphant, Executive Director, Advanced Academic Services
Dallas ISD, Dallas, TX

Carlotta Rodriguez, Enrichment Specialist
Northside ISD, San Antonio, TX

Elizabeth Saenz, Superintendent
Balmorhea ISD, Balmorhea, TX

Jean Sanders, Coordinator, G/T Programs
Brazosport ISD, Lake Jackson, TX

Cindy Savage, Program Specialist, Special Education
Texas Education Agency, Austin, TX

Ann Wink, Director of Gifted Education
Texas Education Agency, Austin, TX


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