Texas Administrative Code 29.121: A gifted and talented student is a child 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.
State Goal for Services for Gifted/Talented Students: Students who participate in services designed for gifted/talented 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/talented students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services. (TEA State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students)
What are Gifted and Talented Services?
Gifted and Talented (G/T) Services provide extensions to or differentiation of classroom content and learning experiences for students who perform at, or show the potential for performing at, a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience or environment and who:
- Exhibit high performance capability in an intellectual, creative or artistic area;
- Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
- Excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121)
Qualification for gifted services is demonstrated via a combination of performance on standardized aptitude and achievement tests, as well as G/T characteristic scales, classroom planned experiences, classroom observations, and work produced.
G/T services at elementary are designed to meet the needs of G/T students by developing the capacities of self- awareness, communication, creativity, critical thinking, research and problem solving. All teachers who serve G/T students have additional training to recognize the unique attributes of giftedness children may exhibit and how to extend curriculum using depth and complexity to promote and develop the above mentioned capacities.
Service Design – Middle School
All identified G/T students grades 6–8 will be offered the opportunity to enroll in G/T or advanced academics classes. G/T English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) is offered on all middle school campuses, and some campuses also offer G/T Science classes. G/T students are intentionally clustered in advanced academics classes that do not offer specific G/T sections. Students complete a Personalized Service Plan in grades 6-8 to set academic and personal goals as well as to assist teachers in knowing how best to meet their individual learning needs in the classroom. Teachers of G/T or advanced academics courses receive 30 hours of G/T training.Service Design - High SchoolAt the high school level, Gifted and Talented services are delivered through Honors and AP courses. Students who have qualified to receive G/T services in high school are provided increased depth and complexity in all content areas. Some campuses may offer G/T sections of some courses. All Honors and AP teachers receive 30 hours of G/T training.