Defining Giftedness
Adapted from the Texas Education Code (TEC 29.121) and the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted / Talented Students (TEC 29.123).

Gifted and talented students 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
  • Excels in a specific academic field.

Capabilities
Gifted and talented children are those whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishments are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational needs. Gifted and talented students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas:
  • General or specific intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative or productive thinking
  • Leadership and human relations abilities
  • Visual arts, performing arts, spatial or musical abilities

State Goal for Services for Gifted Students
"Students who participate in services designed for gifted students will demonstrate skills in self-directed learning, thinking, research, and communication as evidenced by the development of innovative products and performances that reflect individuality and creativity and are advanced in relation to students of similar age, experience, or environment. High school graduates who participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services."