Advocacy Resources

Gifted & Talented Funding 101

  • The G/T weight is 0.12 for additional funding of G/T programs and services. Weights, or adjustments, give funds over and above the “basic allotment” to districts and/or per student. If a district/student qualifies for an adjustment, the basic allotment is multiplied by the adjustment to arrive at the adjusted basic allotment. – TEC 42.156(a)
  • The G/T allotment is currently worth $165 million.
  • Not more than 5% of a district’s students in average daily attendance are eligible for funding under this section. – TEC 42.156(c)



Gifted and Talented Education by the Numbers
  • 400,000 identified G/T students in Texas.
  • To teach gifted students, Texas law requires 30 hours of initial G/T training and 6-hour updates each year. – 19 Texas Administrative Code 89.2
  • Gifted students can master the curriculum in less than 1/2 the time of their nongifted peers (Reis et. al, 1993).
  • More than 2/3 of elementary and middle schools in the U.S. have G/T programs (Yaluma & Tyner, 2018).
  • Only 21 states polled required gifted services K-12 (NAGC & CSDPG, 2015).
  • In 22 of 25 states studied, less than 5% of students of color were enrolled in gifted programs (Yaluma & Tyner, 2018).
  • In high-poverty schools, only 6.1% of students were enrolled in gifted programs (Yaluma & Tyner, 2018).
Texas Education Code & State Plan

Advocacy - Working with Your Child’s School 

Advocating for Exceptionally Gifted Young People (PDF) 

Advocating for the 2E Child and the Profoundly Gifted in a Traditional School Setting 

Effective Advocates by Dr. Julia Link Roberts and Tracy Ford Inman (PDF)

Fearless Advocacy: A Day in the Life of a Gifted Child’s Parent

Myths About Gifted Students

NAGC Advocacy Toolkit 

NAGC Advocating for Gifted Programs in Your Local Schools 

A Nation Empowered, Vol. 1 (pdf – free download)

A Nation Empowered, Vol. 2 (pdf – free download) 

Rationale for Gifted Education (YouTube 5:34) 

Starting and Sustaining a Parent Group to Support Gifted Children (PDF)