Gifted and Talented
Texas Education Code §29.121 states that the “gifted and talented student” 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:
- Exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
- Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
- Excels in a specific academic field.
In 1977, The Texas Legislature passed its first legislation concerning the education of gifted and talented (G/T) students. In 1979, state funds for providing services to G/T children were made available, but providing such services was optional for school districts. In 1987, The Texas Legislature mandated that all school districts must identify and serve G/T students at all grade levels. In 2019, the Texas State Plan for the Education of the Gifted/Talented Students (State Plan) was adopted by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). This included a commitment to high-level learning opportunities for G/T learners.