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Special Populations and Gifted/Talented Services


English Learners and Giftedness


Nov. 27 at Region 13



Dig into the Data for Special Populations

According to the Gifted and Talented Program Enrollment, 8% of the statewide student population has been identified GT.  In our region,  8.9% of our student population has been identified GT.

Some special populations data that was of interest for our region includes:

1.9%  of the ELL population is identified GT

3.4% of bilingual students are identified GT

1.4% of ESL students are identified GT

3.9% of low ses students are identified GT

2.0% of students coded At Risk have been identified as GT

1.2% of the SPED population is identified GT

2.3% of students in  the dyslexia program have been identified as GT

What does that indicate?

There are several special populations that are not being equitably identified and served in the GT program.  This is not just a regional issue, it is an issue across the state.

  • In order to address this issue, we have to look at the identification process being used and make sure it is not overlooking the needs of our special populations.  Some helpful considerations to make when selecting your assessments for identification include:
  • Are parents of special populations involved and aware of the process?  Have we explained benefits of the program in a way that encourages parents to nominate students?
  • Do our assessments use a variety of indicators for giftedness?  Language can be a barrier for several special populations, and so it may be important to include a variety of non-verbal assessments when identifying students.

What is the plan for twice exceptional students?  If a student is identified that is already receiving services, how will the new services be implemented?  How will that change the service already being provided?  Some parents will opt out of GT services simply because their twice exceptional student needs the other service more (SPED, Dyslexia, ESL, etc.)

Professional Development opportunities to improve data

TEA released two 6 hour updates last summer that address the needs of Equity in the GT services, and providing services to the English Language learner population.  These updates are now being offered at Region 13 through on-site workshops or through requested in-district professional development.

On Nov. 27 I will be providing a workshop titled “English learners and giftedness”, with the workshop ID FA1840465 if you are interested in attending.

In the spring, there will be three workshops offered that are targeted towards our special populations.  The two 6 hour updates will be offered again for “Equity and giftedness” and “English learners and giftedness.”  Region 13 will also offer a workshop for “Twice exceptional learners”.  Please stay tuned for dates and times of those offerings.


There are also a variety of free resources available that will help you target instruction  for special populations. – provides resources and information for economically disadvantaged giftedness and english learners and giftedness.

TPSP – the Texas Performance Standards Projects has 100 tasks created for teachers to use in the classroom that address extended learning for gifted students.  TEA is currently working on developing tasks in Spanish.

GT Teacher Toolkit – the GT Teacher toolkit provides you with information and tips on how to teach research skills to gifted students

State Plan – This is a link to the State Plan for GT services.


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EL Leadership Institute -November 28

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