Gifted/Talented resources for families and educators

Encouraging equitable representation of student populations in Gifted/Talented (G/T) programs throughout the state by providing tools and resources that inform and support families and educators.

Families

Resources and tools to help you support your child and advocate for their needs and access for specialized Gifted/Talented services in the academic setting.

Educators

Resources and tools to assist educators in increasing and serving Gifted/Talented students from underrepresented populations.

Resource Library

Collection of Gifted/Talented tools and resources that inform and support families and educators.

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Equitable access to Gifted/Talented services

As the state grows and the population changes, educators need to continually evaluate how best to serve all learners, including those who need G/T services. Ensuring equitable access to G/T services is a critical charge for Texas educators. G/T students come from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds and might also be twice-exceptional, both G/T and learning disabled. These factors need to be considered in assessing if G/T identification processes include or exclude nontraditional students.

Many nontraditional G/T students can be overlooked when traditional assessments provide the sole basis for placement in G/T programs. Despite adoption of the Texas State Plan for the Education of G/T Students in 1996, Texas school districts have made little progress in achieving the goal of section 1.6E. Discrepancies still exist between the percentage of underrepresented populations in the total student population versus the percentage of underrepresented populations identified for G/T services.