2018-2019 State of the States in Gifted Education

Without a federal mandate to identify or serve gifted students, state education agencies and local education agencies are responsible for determining programs and services for gifted students. Although decentralization allows for states to respond to the specific needs of their population, it results in a wide disparity in services across and within states.


The 2018-2019 State of the States in Gifted Education report represents a snapshot of gifted education across the nation during the academic year 2018-2019. The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted (CSDPG) conducted this survey to explore if and how states provide and support programs for gifted and talented students. The previous State of the States report was based on the 2014-2015 academic year.

We hope the information in the report will help gifted education supporters advocate for an appropriate education for our most capable students, resulting in increased data collection, strong state policies, increased teacher training, and other critical resources.