Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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Twice-Exceptional Students and G/T Services

 

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).

Definition of Twice-Exceptional Learners

A "twice-exceptional learner" is a child or youth 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:

  1. exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
  2. possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  3. excels in a specific academic field (TEC 29.121).

...and who also gives evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility (IDEA, 2004) (300.8) (Section 504) criteria such as:

  • learning disabilities;
  • speech and language disorders;
  • emotional/behavioral disorders;
  • physical disabilities;
  • traumatic brain injury;
  • autism spectrum disorder; or
  • other health impairments such as ADHD.
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