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Gifted Education Policies


State Status: Orange

State Definition of "gifted & talented":
“‘Gifted child’ means a child who is of lawful school age, who due to superior intellect or advanced learning ability, or both, is not afforded an opportunity for otherwise attainable progress and development in regular classroom instruction and who needs special instruction or special ancillary services, or both, to achieve at levels commensurate with the child’s intellect and ability.”
(Arizona Rev. Stat. §15-761(8))
State Association: Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented
Governor: Doug Ducey
State Dept. of Ed. - Gifted and Talented: Peter Laing
State Superintendent: Diane Douglas


Number of public school students (2012-2013): 1,078,838
Students enrolled in grades K-12 (2010-2011): 1,065,363
Students identified as Gifted and Talented (2012-2013): 86,500
Students identified as Gifted and Talented (2010-2011): Unknown
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2014-2015): $0
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2013-2014): $0
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2012-2013): $0
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2011-2012): $0
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2010-2011): $0
Total AP Exams taken (2012-2013): 53,138
Total AP Exams taken (2011-2012): 48,254
Mean Advanced Placement Score (2012-2013): 2.82
Percentage of scores of 3 or above on AP exams (2012-2013): 56.7%
Percentage of scores of 3 or above on AP exams (2011-2012): 56.6%
Number of schools offering International Baccalaureate programs (2013-2014): 20

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Legislation & Funding

Does the legislation mandate that gifted students be served?
Does the state require parent/guardian involvement in gifted and talented identification and service decisions?
Yes, at the local level
Does the state require specific criteria/methods to identify gifted students?
Districts must adhere to the gifted education mandate. However, districts do have flexibility regarding program design and implementation, and may go beyond minimum identification criteria specified in the mandate.
Does the state provide guidance or guidelines for the identification process?
Is the age or time at which students are identified for gifted programming mandated in your state?
Is there legislation that mandates specialized training in gifted education for teachers of gifted students?
Does your state require school districts to have a gifted education administrator?
Does the state have an acceleration policy?
State policy specifically permits
Acceleration Institute - State Policy page
Does gifted education legislation exist?
Arizona State Legislature

Davidson Gifted Database Resources

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  • Early College
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Gifted Education Degree Programs
  • Homeschooling
  • Online High Schools
  • Summer Programs

  • Other Resources

  • Hoagies: Gifted Education Mandates By State
  • Education Week State Report Cards
  • National Opportunity to Learn Campaign - State Data & Analysis
  • Dept. of Education: Funds for State Formula-Allocated Programs
  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) State Policy Page

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    Information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including, but not limited to: The STATE of the States in Gifted Education, a report by the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC); state departments of education, state gifted associations, informational websites and other organizations. The Davidson Institute for Talent Development has not verified the accuracy of all information and does not warrant its accuracy or fitness of use for any purpose. Users should verify information prior to taking any action. Furthermore, the appearance of selected programs and/or resources does not imply an endorsement or affiliation. Programs and resources are highlighted for informational purposes only.