Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Gifted & Talented Advisory

Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children

Arkansas Code Ann. § 6-42-104 established the Advisory Council for the Education Gifted and Talented Children to advise and consult with the Commissioner of Education and the Administrator of the Office for the Education of Gifted & Talented Children. The Advisory Council prepares an annual report for the Governor, the General Assembly, the State Board of Education, and the Education Commissioner that informs the general public about educational programs for gifted and talented students. The Council also recognizes three educational programs for gifted and talented students annually, to receive the Act 56 Outstanding Gifted Program Award.
View the Governor’s Advisory Council Annual Report.
To apply for appointment to the Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education, please visit to fill out the online application.

Advisory Council for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children Meeting

For information about the next meeting of the Advisory Council, please access the meeting notice.

Act 56 Award

Act 56 award recipients are selected based on program standards, background information, community involvement, staff development, program options, curriculum and innovation.

Programs are judged in one of three categories: Average Daily Membership (ADM) less than 1,000; between 1,000 and 3,000; or greater than 3,000.

2020 Outstanding Gifted Programs

  • Hackett (less than 1,000 students)  Honorable Mention - Rose Bud
  • Malvern (1,001 - 3,000 students)  Honorable Mention - Berryville
  • Springdale (greater than 3,000 students)    Honorable Mention - Fayetteville

For more information, please contact:

Krystal Nail, Director of Gifted & Talented and Advanced Placement
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Slot 28
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4224
Fax: 501-682-4220
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