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What is Gifted & Talented (G/T)?

According to the Texas Education Code  29.121, gifted and talented refers to a child  who performs or shows the potential of  performing at a remarkably high level of  accomplishment when compared to others of  the same age, experience, or environment. The child also exhibits an unusual capacity  for leadership or high-performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area.

State Definition of the Gifted & Talented Student

TEC §29.121. DEFINITION: A 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:


  1. Exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;

  2. Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership; or

  3. Excels in a specific academic field.

ILTexas Definition of the Gifted & Talented Student

International Leadership of Texas defines Gifted and Talented as any child or youth in grades K-12 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:


  1. Exhibits high performance capability in general intellectual ability; or

  2. Excels in one or more specific academic fields: math, science, language arts, and/or social studies

Referral/Identification Process

It is important to note that there are not one or two characteristics that an educator can point to in order to say that a student is gifted – it is a combination of characteristics inclusive but not  limited to: highly curious, initiates projects, discusses things in detail, draws inferences and  grasps underlying principles, highly creative, and  extraordinary memory as compared to peers.

Here is how the referral/identification process for an ILTexas GT student is conducted:

5. Decision:

SST will meet

to determine eligibility

4. Abilities Testing: an abilities

test will be performed if the SST

decides it needs more evidence

3. Review: An SST Committee will meet and review the

forms of evidence and data and decide if testing

will need to be done

2. Screening: A portfolio and multiple forms of evidence will

be gathered on the student

1. Referrals: Teachers/Parents can refer a student for the GT Program by

completing the referral form


Forms and Applications

Parent Referral Form

Evidence Forms for GT Application

Furlough/Exit/Withdrawl/Appeal Forms



High Achiever VS Gifted VS Creative Thinker

Advanced Academics/ GT PLAN

Traits of Giftedness

Should I refer my child?



Gifted Education Family Network

Families of GT students statewide are invited to join a new network for Texas GT families!

The Gifted Education Family Network (GEFN) is a new opportunity for GT families to receive support, information, and connections with other families, facilitating positive advocacy for Texas GT programs, GT funding, and excellence in gifted education. GEFN is committed to equity and diversity in gifted education.  They support the annual GT Parent Conference at the Baylor Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development and other low-cost opportunities for parent engagement across the state.  

GT parents from all regions of Texas are invited to join for free, to subscribe to their e-mail news (, to explore their website, and to follow them on social media (please visit their site for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram links:

ILTexas District Office

1651 N Glenville Dr. #216, Richardson, TX 75081

Phone: 972-479-9078

Fax: 972.479.9129

Board Members

President:  Gen. Williams 

Vice-President:  Dr. Lynne Beach 

Secretary: Tracy Cox 

Board Member: Dr. Soner Tarim

Board Member: Peter A. Gudmundsson

Board Member: Chris Moreland

Board Member: Gabriela Smith

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