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New York

State Status: Red

State Definition of "gifted & talented":
“As used in this article, the term ‘gifted pupils’ shall mean those pupils who show evidence of high performance capability and exceptional potential in areas such as general intellectual ability, special academic aptitude and outstanding ability in visual and performing arts. Such definition shall include those pupils who require educational programs or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their full potential.”
(New York Education Law § 4452)
State Association: Advocacy for Gifted & Talented Education in New York (AGATE-NY)
Governor: Andrew Cuomo
State Dept. of Ed. - Gifted and Talented: Marybeth Casey
Commissioner of Education: Dr. John B. King, Jr.


Number of public school students (2012-2013): Unknown
Students enrolled in grades K-12 (2010-2011): 2,700,000
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): Unknown
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2011-2012): Unknown
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2010-2011): Unknown
Total AP Exams taken (2012-2013): 245,002
Total AP Exams taken (2011-2012): 237,371
Mean Advanced Placement Score (2012-2013): 3.08
Percentage of scores of 3 or above on AP exams (2012-2013): 65.9%
Percentage of scores of 3 or above on AP exams (2011-2012): 66.1%
Number of schools offering International Baccalaureate programs (2013-2014): 56

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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?
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?
Kindergarten or early entrance screening, When students transfer from out of state or in 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?
Gifted and Talented

Davidson Gifted Database Resources

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  • Homeschooling
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  • 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.