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State Status: Blue

State Definition of "gifted & talented":
“‘Intellectually Gifted’ means a child whose intellectual abilities and potential for achievement are so outstanding that special provisions are required to meet the child’s educational needs.”
(Tennesse Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-1-9-.01)
State Association: Tennessee Association for the Gifted
Governor: Bill Haslam
State Dept. of Ed. - Gifted and Talented: Karen Willis
Commissioner of Education: Candice McQueen
Parent Advocacy Group: Tennessee Initiative for Gifted Education Reform (TIGER)


Number of public school students (2012-2013): 935,317
Students enrolled in grades K-12 (2010-2011): Unknown
Students enrolled in grades K-12 (2009-2010): 948,508
Students identified as Gifted and Talented (2012-2013): 18,929
Students identified as Gifted and Talented (2010-2011): Unknown
Students identified as Gifted and Talented (2009-2010): 18,656
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): 44,583
Total AP Exams taken (2011-2012): 41,337
Mean Advanced Placement Score (2012-2013): 2.88
Percentage of scores of 3 or above on AP exams (2012-2013): 59.7%
Percentage of scores of 3 or above on AP exams (2011-2012): 60.4%
Percentage of all students scoring a 3 or above on AP exams (2008-2009): 9.3%
Number of schools offering International Baccalaureate programs (2013-2014): 13

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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 (Required in the evaluation and required at the IEP Team level)
Does the state require specific criteria/methods to identify gifted students?
IQ scores, Achievement data, Multiple criteria model, Range of state‐approved assessments from which LEAs may select, Creativity/characteristics of gifted assessment
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 leaves local education agencies to determine
Acceleration Institute - State Policy page
Does gifted education legislation exist?
Legal Services - Special Education

Davidson Gifted Database Resources

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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.