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Gifted and Talented Education by the Numbers

  • 444,196 identified G/T students in Texas in 2019-2020.
  • 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)