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Advanced Academics/GT

The Gifted and Talented program at Education Service Center, Region 3 promotes and supports the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students through professional development and technical assistance. This is accomplished by advocating, designing and providing an array of learning experiences for teachers and administrators of gifted and talented students in order to enable them to provide a nurturing environment in which these students with special abilities, unique needs, and diverse backgrounds are recognized, valued and supported by: 

  • Promoting development and use of sound identification practices to identify potentially gifted and talented students representative of school community populations and authentic assessments that will accurately measure diverse abilities, intelligences and performance of students place in gifted education programs
  • Supporting the design of programs that align with identification procedures and provide a learning continuum commensurate with individual abilities while emphasizing content in the four core academic areas
  • Supporting the creation and alignment of curriculum that reflects modification of depth, complexity, and pacing of the general education program and the delivery modeled after approaches that allow for the fostering of higher level thinking and development of advanced-level products and performances
  • Promoting and supporting the planning, development and delivery of professional staff development experiences that will improve understanding and instruction of gifted and talented students

Resources and Links

Texas Education Agency (TEA) Performance Standards Project for Gifted/Talented Students

The Performance Standards Pilot represents an initial effort to develop statewide standards and an accompanying assessment system that will capture the high levels of achievement exhibited by gifted and talented students in Texas. In addition to providing summative information on an individual student's learning, the results of this assessment may be used to improve a campus's or district's efforts to serve gifted and talented students.

Texas Education Agency (TEA) Division of Advanced Academics Services

This link will provide information resources for areas such as:

  • GT Administrative Codes
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Credit by Exam
  • AP/IB Programs

Texas Education Agency (TEA) Division of Gifted/Talented

  • GT State Plan
  • Professional Development
  • The Texas Education Code on Gifted/Talented Education, TEC Subchapter D. Educational Programs for Gifted/Talented Students §29.121-§29.123 and §42.156
  • The Texas Administrative Code on Gifted/Talented Education (TAC) §89.1-§89.5
  • Equity in G/T
  • Other Gifted/Talented Resources

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National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is a non-profit organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT)

TAGT mission is to promote awareness of the unique social, emotional, and intellectual needs of gifted and talented students and to impact the development of appropriate services to meet these needs.

The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented

Programs and services designed to challenge the highest levels of learning and creativity; to promote high expectations, rigorous standards, and greater engagement with subject matter should be an integral part of every school's overall program. We believe that the nation's largest reservoir of untapped talent can be found among those young people who, by reason of economic circumstances and all of the problems that surround poverty in America, have not been given equal opportunity and encouragement to develop their potentials to the fullest. Accordingly, our orientation and related research has been to apply the strategies of high-end learning to total school improvement and to focus our research on developing gifts and talents in young people based on a broad array of both traditional and emerging indicators of potential for high performance.

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Meagan Bassano

Ed. Specialist - Gifted & Talented