Gifted and Talented Education, TEA Issues Clarification

Recently, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the following clarification regarding assessment for the gifted and talented program:

The Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students states in Identification and Assessment that assessment opportunities for gifted/talented identification are made available to students at least once per school year. (See Accountability Standard 2.15.) Therefore, students assessed in prior years may not be denied the opportunity for assessment in the current school year.

Districts may use multiple measures during the current school year assessment process. However, the district may not refuse to make a determination of a student’s gifted/talented status due to the continued validity of assessment results from prior year administrations. 
Districts are encouraged to support students by having open conversations with parents on the pros and cons of continual testing with negative results, academic growth, and program options.