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Gifted Education Policies


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State Definition of "gifted & talented":
“As used in this chapter, the term highly capable student shall mean a student who has been assessed to have superior intellectual ability as demonstrated by one or more of the multiple criteria in WAC 392-170-040.
These students exhibit high capability in intellectual and/or creative areas, possess an unusual leadership capacity, or excel in specific academic fields, thereby requiring services beyond the basic programs provided by schools. Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.”
(Washington Admin. Code § 392-170-035)
State Association: Washington Association of Educators of Talented & Gifted
Governor: Jay Inslee
State Dept. of Ed. - Gifted and Talented: Gayle Pauley & Jody Hess
State Superintendent: Randy Dorn


Number of public school students (2012-2013): Unknown
Students enrolled in grades K-12 (2011-2012): 1,044,613
Students enrolled in grades K-12 (2010-2011): 1,045,897
Students identified as Gifted and Talented (2012-2013): Unknown
Students identified as Gifted and Talented (2011-2012): 55,093
Students identified as Gifted and Talented (2010-2011): 49,001
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2012-2013): $9,047,287
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2011-2012): $9,007,189
Dollars allocated for Gifted and Talented programming (2010-2011): $8,819,321
Total AP Exams taken (2012-2013): 75,915
Total AP Exams taken (2011-2012): 71,070
Mean Advanced Placement Score (2012-2013): 2.94
Percentage of scores of 3 or above on AP exams (2012-2013): 60.9%
Percentage of scores of 3 or above on AP exams (2011-2012): 61.1%
Number of schools offering International Baccalaureate programs (2013-2014): 21

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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 (to approve testing and entrance)
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 agency to determine
Acceleration Institute - State Policy page
Does gifted education legislation exist?
Chapter 392-170 WAC

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.