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).
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)