Gifted & Talented (G/T) education

What defines a student as gifted or talented?

The state of Texas defines a gifted and talented student as 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 capabilities in an intellectual, creative or artistic area,
  • Possesses an unusual capacity for leadership, or
  • Excels in a specific academic field

Texas Education Code 29.121

What is expected of a gifted/talented student?

The state of Texas goal is:

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 have participated in services for gifted students will have produced products and performances of professional quality as part of their program services.

Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students

How are these students served in Garland ISD?

We  provide students identified as gifted and/or talented with differentiated instruction of depth and complexity.  

A gifted student is identified as:

  • academically gifted in math/science and/or
  • academically gifted in English language arts & reading (ELAR)/social studies

In GISD, a talented student is identified through an application and audition process as:

  • musically talented and/or
  • artistically talented

Students who qualify for the Gifted and Talented Program will receive appropriate G/T services at their current GISD campus from specially-trained teachers.

How does a student qualify for academically gifted programming?

Criteria for gifted education program services include:

  • 90 percentile or higher on state-approved achievement test
  • 90 percentile or higher on state-approved ability test
  • Additional measures such as parent and teacher surveys

Beginning in kindergarten, we consider all students for gifted education services; therefore, parents do not need to apply for program participation.

In January, district staff pull testing data for all students and actively recruit students who meet initial criteria. Upon parental approval, campus G/T teams conduct evaluations in which quantitative and qualitative data are reviewed.

Students who meet the district gifted education program criteria are recommended by each campus for participation in the G/T program at their campus. Program notification letters are mailed to parents by the G/T Department.

How does a student qualify for talented programming?

Parents must complete the online Talented Application during the annual application period. For the 2020-21 school year, the application period is closed.

Contact us

For more information, contact

Gifted & Talented Department