Gifted & Talented Services


The following definition shall guide districts in providing services and opportunities for students identified as gifted and talented:
Gifted and talented children and youth are those of high potential or ability whose learning characteristics and educational needs require qualitatively differentiated educational experiences and/or services.
Possession of these talents and gifts, or the potential for their development, will be evidenced through an interaction of above average intellectual ability, task commitment and /or motivation, and creative ability.

2020-2021 Guidance for Gifted Education Programs

As schools prepare for the 2020-21 school year and make plans to ensure that learning continues throughout the year, regardless of the learning environment, one of the key indicators for student success is a student-focused approach.  Administrators are encouraged to collaborate with gifted and talented (GT) coordinators to create explicit plans for how gifted learners' needs will be met throughout the year.
Districts are encouraged to refer to the Guidance for Gifted Education Programs
Gifted Program Informational Posters
The following posters provide information about many aspects of gifted services:
Program Approval Standards (PDF)
GT Seminar
Arkansas Core Process Goals for Gifted and Talented Seminars (PDF), is based on four core process areas considered fundamental to the development of a differentiated curriculum: critical thinking, creative thinking, independent and group investigation, and personal growth. 
Education Service Cooperative GT Specialists
GT specialists support districts in meeting professional learning needs, provide opportunities for collaboration between districts, support districts in development and revision of policies and procedures, provide enrichment opportunities for students, and provide technical assistance related to gifted education and programming and Advanced Placement, Pre-Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. GT specialists also support districts in implementing best practices for gifted learners.”

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