All Gifted is Local
In the U.S., education decisions occur mainly at the state and local level. Although certain programs (e.g., Title I schools, students with disabilities) are intertwined with federal policy, the vast majority of programs and services that students receive are determined by state laws and local policies and are funded through a combination of state and local funds.
For gifted learners, all program and service decisions are made at the state and local levels. In the absence of federal minimum standards, there is wide variability between states, and in many cases, an even wider unevenness between districts in the same state. For more information on gifted education in each of the states, order the 2010-2011 State of the States in Gifted Education report from the NAGC online bookstore and read State of the Nation, NAGC's summary of the report. Several states support statewide, public high schools for advanced students.
Policies and Statistics
NAGC has compiled key contacts and a sampling of statistics and policies to help you gather information about requirements in your state. Go to our state map to learn more. We also have a list of state definitions of gifted/giftedness.
NAGC encourages all gifted education supporters to get involved with their state gifted education association. The state groups are an excellent source for advocacy and networking. Many offer resources for parents and teachers, including publications, workshops, and conferences.
Go to state association websites
for additional information
current legislative and advocacy initiatives in the states
Local Gifted Children Celebrated
NAGC and its state affiliates are working to put a face on gifted and talented education. NAGC is pleased to sponsor the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards, which celebrate excellence in young children. The awards, which are coordinated in each state through the state association, recognize a student who is between grades 3 and 6 who has distinguished him or herself in academics, leadership, or the arts.
NAGC Supports State Affiliates
NAGC is also pleased to support its state affiliates through several programs. Click on the links below for additional information and application procedures: