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State Educational Agency

Georgia Department of Education
Gail Humble, Specialist for Gifted Education
Gifted Education / Curriculum Services 1766 Twin Towers East 205 Jessee Hill Jr. Dr., SE Atlanta, GA 30334
(404) 463-0507

State Association or Affiliate

Georgia Association for Gifted Children
Angel Cash President
1579-F Monroe Drive, #321600 Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 875-2284

Georgia Association for Gifted Children
Kathy Kennedy, Executive Assistant
1579 Monroe Drive #321 Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 875-2284


ALL DATA FROM 2010-2011 (unless otherwise noted)

Total Student Population (K-12)



Number of Identified Gifted Students  199,691
State Funding for Gifted and Talented Education 

$302 million (1008-2011)
$260 million (2009-2010)
$231 million (2008-2009)


Does the State Mandate Identification for Gifted and Talented Education?


Does the state have a definition of gifted/talented?; Are districts required to follow the state definition?

In state statute; Yes

What areas of giftedness are specifically addressed in the state definition of gifted/talented?

Intellectually gifted; Academically gifted; Specific academic areas; Creatively gifted; Culturally/ethnically diverse

Does the State Mandate Services for Gifted and Talented Education?

Yes; Intellectual; Creativity; Specific academic areas

Does the state provide guidance or guidelines for the process of identifying gifted/talented students?


Are districts throughout the state required to follow the same identification guidelines or uniform identification process?


Does the state have a policy requiring districts to recognize gifted eligibilities from other districts in the same state?

State policy specifically permits

Does State Policy Permit Early Entrance to Kindergarten?

State policy does not permit

Does State Policy Permit Students to be Dually or Concurrently Enrolled in a Community College, College or University?

State policy specifically permits

Does State Policy Permit Middle School Students to be Dually or Concurrently Enrolled in High School? and if so, May they Receive Credit Towards High School Graduation?

State policy leaves LEA to determine

Does the State Have an Acceleration Policy? State policy leaves LEA to determine

Does the state require general education teachers to have training on the nature/needs of gifted students?


Does the State require professionals working in specialized gifted ed programs to have a gifted ed endorsement or certification Yes
Does the state monitor/audit LEA programs for gifted/talented students? Yes