Gifted and Talented (GT)
2019 Texas Statutes Education Code Title 2 - Public Education
Subtitle F - Curriculum, Programs, and Services
Chapter 29 - Educational Programs
Subchapter D. Educational Programs for Gifted and Talented Students
Section 29.121. Definition...[a] "gifted and talented student" means 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.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995.
State Goals for Services for Gifted Students
Students who participate in services 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 are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment and reflect individuality and creativity. High school graduates who have participated in services for gifted children will have produced products and performances of professional quality.
Goal 1: Student Assessment
Multiple assessments and criteria will identify students from varied backgrounds for program services, measure diverse abilities and intelligence, and provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their talents and strengths.
Goal 2: Program Design
Flexible gifted and talented program options will be supported by appropriate resources to provide a continuum of learning experiences in creative and critical thinking, complex problem solving, independent learning, leadership, and creative productivity.
Goal 3: Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum and instruction for the gifted and talented will ensure students an array of opportunities to excel due to curriculum design with depth and complexity, flexible pacing and acceleration, independent study, and assessment.
Goal 4: Professional Development
Ongoing professional development will ensure that all personnel involved in supporting, planning, developing, or delivering services to gifted and talented students have the expertise necessary to offer appropriate options and curricula.
Goal 5: Family-Community Development
The district will provide educational services and emotional and social support for families and students, facilitating interaction among schools, the community, administrators, and legislative bodies.