A "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:
Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.
Gifted and Talented programs are required in all public school districts. Detailed program requirement information is available in this Texas State Plan for the Gifted document (Spanish version available here). If you have questions about the information in the State Plan document, the Texas Education Agency's Advanced Academics Unit has published this Frequently Asked Questions document.
If you have any questions relating to the Advanced Academics area of this site, or about Gifted & Talented programs, please contact:
Advanced Academics and Fine Arts
Region 10 Education Service Center
400 E. Spring Valley Road
Richardson, Texas 75081-1300
Phone: (972) 348-1756
Fax: (972) 348-1757