Gifted & Talented

According to the National Association of Gifted Children, there are approximately 3,000,000 gifted children in the United States. Programs for gifted children are available in every state. The age of identification varies from state to state, but typically occurs by 2nd or 3rd grade. Certainly, you may request an assessment at any age; however, your district has a process that it utilizes to identify children without your request. Gifted and Talented Education was granted through the Javits Act (1988):

The Javits Act (1988) provides grants for education programs serving bright children from low-income families.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Javits Act defines Gifted and Talented as follows:

“Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”

Each state and school district may differ somewhat in the eligibility criteria for GATE. Please visit your local state department of education for your state’s recommendations regarding eligibility.

Visit the National Association of Gifted Children for more resources, support, and educational materials. A membership is offered to access many valuable resources for parents, teachers, and administrators.