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Gifted/Talented Education in Texas



A Story of Growth and Understanding

In 1977, the Texas Legislature passed its first legislation concerning the education of gifted/talented (G/T) students. In 1979, state funds for providing services to G/T children were made available, but providing such services was optional for school districts.

In 1987, the Texas Legislature mandated that all school districts must identify and serve G/T students at all grade levels. In 1990, The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students was adopted, and in 1999, the Texas Performance Standards Project for Gifted/Talented Students (TPSP) was created.

Today, Texas educators are committed to meeting the unique needs of G/T students and to expanding the ways we do so. To learn more about exciting programs for G/T education in Texas, click on the links below, contact your local school district or regional service center, or email TEA at

Join the Texas Gifted/Talented Education listserv! 

Gifted/Talented Frequently Asked Questions 

 The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students - revised 2009
 English Version (PDF, 160 KB)
 Spanish Version (PDF, 181 KB)

For a print-ready file allowing you to produce an English-Spanish flip version of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, please e-mail

Guiding Questions for Program Review (PDF, 187 KB)

This tool for G/T program review serves as a resource to the State Plan and provides guided questions to assist districts in their efforts to meet the compliance guidelines.

Professional Development 
Required Gifted/Talented Teacher Training (PDF, 16.9 KB)

Related Links
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

 Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) Frequently Asked Questions  

 The Texas Performance Standards Project (outside source)

 Equity in G/T (outside source)

 Gifted/Talented Resources

 Texas AP/IB Incentive Program 

 Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (outside source)

 National Association for Gifted Children (outside source)


Monica Brewer
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1401
(512) 463-9581 

Curriculum Division
(512) 463-9581



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