Gifted Talented Education

Welcome to the gifted/talented (G/T) education webpage. The state's goal for G/T students is to ensure that students who participate in G/T services demonstrate self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication skills. G/T students develop innovative products and sophisticated performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are targeted to an audience outside the classroom.

A gifted/talented student is a child or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who

  • exhibits high-performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
  • possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  • excels in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code )

The following G/T resources assist local education agencies in certifying to the commissioner that the district has established a program for G/T students as required by rule, and it is consistent with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (State Plan) under Texas Education Code Section 29.123 and the use of the funds on the district’s program for G/T as provided by the State Board of Education rule.

Texas State Plan

The State Plan provides requirements for and guidance to districts as they meet the unique needs of the gifted/talented population in Texas.

The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students(State Plan) - revised 2019

Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted Talented Students  English

English Version (PDF, 160 KB)

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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

Professional Development

The 30 hours of G/T foundational training, 6 hours of update, and administrator/counselor training are coordinated by the local district.

School board training and other trainings are available through the regional Education Service Centers(ESCs).

Gifted/Talented Education Resources

The following links provide support for G/T instruction and program services.

Contact Information

Monica Brewer
Statewide Coordinator, Gifted/Talented Education

Special Populations Division
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1401