G/T Facts and Figures

History of G/T in Texas

  • 1977 - The Texas Legislature passed its first legislation concerning the education of gifted/talented (G/T) students.
  • 1979 - State funds for providing services to G/T children were made available, but providing such services was optional for school districts.
  • 1987 - The Texas Legislature mandated that all school districts must identify and serve G/T students at all grade levels.
  • 1990 - The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (State Plan) was adopted by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) that included a commitment to high-level learning opportunities for G/T learners.
  • 1999 - The 76th Texas Legislature introduced Rider 69, which spurred the initial development and ongoing refinement of the Texas Performance Standards Project for Gifted/Talented Students (TPSP) as a vehicle through which districts might address the stated goal.
  • 2020 - House Bill 3 passed, requiring additional accountability of G/T programs, collapsing G/T funding into the Basic Allotment, and ensuring no caps are placed on the number of students identified.
  • 2020 - The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students is revised.
  • 2021 - HB 1525 passes, creating new G/T Allotment.

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