Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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Gifted/Talented Services for Economically Disadvantaged Students


According to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, equity in G/T education exists when "the population of the total district is reflected in the population of the gifted/talented services program or has been for two (2) of the past three (3) years" (State Plan, 1.6E).

Ensuring equitable access to gifted/talented services is a critical charge for Texas educators. Texas school districts can provide learning opportunities that build bright futures for all students through assuring access to G/T assessment, identification, and services for students from diverse populations.

Equity exists when the various population groups are reflected in the same proportions as they are represented in the larger population. Students come from all socioeconomic classes, yet current research indicates that students from lower income or minority groups are less likely to be identified for and properly placed in G/T services. 

Economically disadvantaged G/T students need teachers and administrative personnel who see the potential that is masked by the poverty. Without those who provide G/T services, G/T students from impoverished backgrounds often have no advocates.

This website will assist district personnel in modifying their procedures to better serve G/T students from poverty.