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State Status: Orange

State Definition of "gifted & talented":
“‘Gifted and talented children’ means children of outstanding abilities who are capable of high performance and require differentiated educational programs beyond those normally offered in public schools in order to fully achieve their potential contribution to self and society. The children so identified include those with demonstrated achievement or potential ability in a variety of worthwhile human endeavors.”
(Montana Code Ann. § 20-7-901)
State Association: Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education
Governor: Steve Bullock
State Dept. of Ed. - Gifted and Talented: Michael Hall
State Superintendent: Denise Juneau


Number of public school students (2012-2013): 143,000
Students enrolled in grades K-12 (2010-2011): Unknown
Students identified as Gifted and Talented (2012-2013): Unknown
Students identified as Gifted and Talented (2010-2011): Unknown
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2012-2013): $250,000
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2011-2012): $250,000
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2010-2011): $250,000
Total AP Exams taken (2012-2013): 4,868
Total AP Exams taken (2011-2012): 4,844
Mean Advanced Placement Score (2012-2013): 2.97
Percentage of scores of 3 or above on AP exams (2012-2013): 63.6%
Percentage of scores of 3 or above on AP exams (2011-2012): 61.8%
Number of schools offering International Baccalaureate programs (2013-2014): 2

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Legislation & Funding

Does the legislation mandate that gifted students be served?
Yes (Pre‐K to 12)
Does the state require parent/guardian involvement in gifted and talented identification and service decisions?
Does the state require specific criteria/methods to identify gifted students?
IQ scores, Achievement data, Nominations, Multiple criteria model
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?
No state policy; up to local education agencies to determine
Acceleration Institute - State Policy page
Does gifted education legislation exist?
Montana Code Annotated, Part 9:20-7-901 through 904
School Accreditation Standard 10.55.804

Davidson Gifted Database Resources

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  • 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.