EHBB(LEGAL) - SPECIAL PROGRAMS: GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS
A district shall establish a process for identifying and serving gifted and talented students and shall establish a program for those students in each grade level. Under this provision, a district may establish a shared services arrangement with other districts.
A district shall adopt a policy regarding the use of funds to support the district's program for gifted and talented students.
Education Code 29.122
"Gifted and talented student" means 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.
Education Code 29.121
Students shall be identified as gifted/talented in accordance with a written policy that includes:
- Provisions for ongoing screening and selection of students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment in the areas defined in Education Code 29.121.
- Assessment measures collected from multiple sources according to each area defined in the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.
- Data and procedures designed to ensure that students from all populations in a district have access to assessment and, if identified, to services provided for the gifted/talented program.
- Provisions for final selection of students to be made by a committee of at least three local district educators who have received training in the nature and needs of gifted students.
- Provisions regarding furloughs, reassessment, exiting of students from program services, transfer students, and appeals of district decisions regarding program placement.
19 TAC 89.1
A district shall provide an array of learning opportunities for gifted/talented students in kindergarten through grade 12 and shall inform parents of the opportunities. Options shall include:
- Instructional and organizational patterns that enable identified students to work together as a group, to work with other students, and to work independently.
- A continuum of learning experiences that leads to the development of advanced-level products and performances.
- In-school, and when possible, out-of-school options relevant to the student's area of strength that are available during the entire school year.
- Opportunities to accelerate in areas of strength.
19 TAC 89.3
Note: See DMA(LEGAL) for training requirements for teachers of gifted and talented education.