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State Educational Agency

Iowa Department of Education
Rosanne Malek, Education Consultant
Gifted/Talented Education Grimes State Office Building 400 East 14th Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
(515) 281-3199

State Association or Affiliate

Iowa Talented & Gifted Association
Alda Helvey, Executive Director
5619 NW 86th Street, Suite 600 Johnston, IA 50131-2955
(515) 225-2323

Iowa Talented & Gifted Association
Linda Moehring, President
200 W. 2nd Avenue Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 225-2323


ALL DATA FROM 2010-2011 (unless otherwise noted)

Total Student Population (K-12)



Number of Identified Gifted Students  43,967
State Funding for Gifted and Talented Education 

$34.8 million (2010-2011)
$34.3 million (2009-2010)


Does the State Mandate Identification for Gifted and Talented Education? Yes
Does the state have a definition of gifted/talented?; Are districts required to follow the state definition? Yes in state statute; Yes
What areas of giftedness are specifically addressed in the state definition of gifted/talented? Intellectually gifted; Specific academic areas; Leadership; Performing/visual arts; Creatively gifted
Does the State Mandate Services for Gifted and Talented Education? Yes
Does the state provide guidance or guidelines for the process of identifying gifted/talented students? No
Are districts throughout the state required to follow the same identification guidelines or uniform identification process? No
Does the state have a policy requiring districts to recognize gifted eligibilities from other districts in the same state? No state policy; up to LEA to determine
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 does not permit
Does the State Have an Acceleration Policy? No state policy; up to LEA to determine
Does the state require general education teachers to have training on the nature/needs of gifted students? Yes
Does the State require professionals working in specialized gifted ed programs to have a gifted ed endorsement or certification? No
Does the state monitor/audit LEA programs for gifted/talented students? Yes