Legislative Update for HB 114 (Attached to HB 211):

Because this has been signed into law, this is now an active law that school systems must consider for this year's valedictorian and salutatorian.

The following has passed into law:

No local school system that receives funding under this article shall exclude eligible high school students taking one or more dual credit courses pursuant to this Code section from eligibility determinations for valedictorian and salutatorian of a participating eligible high school; provided, however, that this shall not apply to a high school student who moves into the local school system after his or her sophomore year and has not taken any courses on site at the participating eligible high school.


Please contact our U.S. Senators to advocate for funding for the Javits Program!

From NAGC:

Last month, the Administration proposed cutting $9 billion from the United States Department of Education. This includes funding for gifted and talented children. We anticipate the Administration will release their final, detailed budget by the end of May. To protect funding for the Javits Program we must act now.

Please call your Senators by Friday, May 5th, to ask them to sign the Fiscal Year 2018 “Dear Colleague” letter to support funding for the Javits program. Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Casey (D-PA) are the bipartisan leaders requesting support for this letter in the Senate. Letter:…/…/Javits%20funding%20letter%20FY18.pdf

They need your help in rallying support from other members of the Senate. It’s imperative that your Senators publicly support the Javits program and prioritize the program’s funding in their requests to the Appropriations Committee.

Please ask your two Senators (David Perdue and Johnny Isakson) to join Senators Grassley and Casey and sign this bipartisan letter to support the Javits program.
Contact David Perdue:
Contact Johnny Isakson:

You can also call 202-224-3121 to be directed to an operator at the United States Capitol switchboard who will connect you with the appropriate offices in your state.

Thank you for advocating on behalf of all gifted and talented children!

Read more about the Javits Program here:

GAGC Executive Assistant Kathy Kennedy represents GAGC at the Governor's Office for Gifted Education Month in Georgia!

Education Reform Commission Funding Formula Update:

The Education Reform Commission's recommendations for a new funding formula for education is likely not to be on the Georgia legislative agenda this year, as Governor Deal is focusing on chronically under-performing schools. See the AJC article for more information.

Deal: A new failing schools plan is my main priority

Governor Deal proclaims January, 2017

Gifted Education Month in Georgia

This proclamation emphasizes the importance of developing the potential of Georgia’s children in the areas of academics, creativity, leadership, and fine arts. It recognizes that our teachers and educational leaders work together with our community to provide the key learning experiences that engage and inspire our students. Finally, it calls for all of us to join in recognizing the unique needs of gifted young people.

In honor of Gifted Education Month, you may want to invite your government representatives, Board of Education members, superintendent, school administrators, teachers, community leaders, parents, and local news/newspaper reporters to see the many ways gifted education impacts all students in your district. This can be a time of advocacy for gifted students and for gifted education, emphasizing the importance of challenging all students to reach their potential.

Please share this proclamation with your school board, teachers, parents, and community members as we highlight ways that gifted education transforms the lives of our Georgia students.

Education Reform Commission: November 2016 Update

Teacher Advisory Committee:

Governor Deal appointed a Teacher Advisory Committee to provide feedback about several of the Education Reform Commission's recommendations. That report is now available at this link: Teacher Advisory Committee Report.

The Committee supported "Move On When Ready" for elementary students, providing suggested guidelines for implementation. The members also suggested differentiation possibilities for pre-service teachers.

Find out more about ESSA and its potential impact on gifted education from the NAGC briefing below:

NAGC Briefing on the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act

(Every Student Succeeds Act)

Governor Deal proclaims January, 2016

Gifted Education Month in Georgia

How do you celebrate Gifted Education Month? 

Julie Lumpkin from Bulloch Schools: "Little Lumps - An inside view of what's happening during our QUEST experiences!" See her blog at:



The May Howard Gifted Team from Savannah-Chatham Public Schools would like to share our Gifted Education activities with you. We chose to create an Amazing GEP Race for our gifted students at May Howard to celebrate Gifted Education Month proclaimed by Governor Nathan Deal. The students LOVED it!! There were clues for them to find all over the school and challenging activities for them to complete as they “raced” to be the first team to finish. Please use the link below to see the video of our Amazing GEP Race. We enjoyed it as much as the students did!! 


Education Reform Commission Update: November 19, 2015

The Education Reform Commission met today to discuss all of the subcommittee's recommendations, including the Funding Formula Committee's recommendations about the gifted weight. They presented the weight of .3231, described in the November 14 update below. That is good news for gifted education!

For the full narrative and presentation of today's Education Reform Commission Meeting's recommendations, please go to this link: .

Funding Formula Update: November 14, 2015

The Funding Formula Committee of the Governor’s Education Reform Commission met on November 12, 2015. They continued to propose a gifted weight that would ask the state to invest the same amount, or slightly more, in gifted education.

On page 4 of the narrative draft, the committee gave a clear rationale about the need for gifted education, citing the NAGC rationale for gifted. The notes from page 4 are pasted below.

Link to Narrative Draft:

Link to spreadsheet that shows how all of the funding formula suggested changes impact individual districts:

Link to Education Reform Commission page:

From page 4 of narrative draft, November 12, 2015:


The formula under consideration by the funding committee proposes a weighted funding amount for students identified as Gifted. Gifted weighted earnings for 1 segment in the FY16 QBE formula = $237.98. Students statewide were funded for an average of three segments. For three segments in QBE the student earned $713.94 in FY16 QBE.

The current proposed model weight for Gifted is 0.3231.

Gifted weighted earnings for 1 student in proposed formula = $750.20.

Gifted total funding earnings above the base in the FY16 QBE formula are approximately

$129M. Gifted total funding weighted earnings in the proposed formula are $133,444,875.

Rationale for the weighted gifted student characteristic:

  • Developing and nurturing high performance supports the future prosperity of our nation, state, community, and of individuals.
  • Most gifted students are not developing to the level their potential would indicate is possible.
  • In the normal distribution of ability and/or of achievement, 68% of students score near the mean; students far from the mean require different educational experiences to develop optimally or at all.
  • All children deserve the opportunity to learn something new each day.
  • Schools have a responsibility to meet the learning needs of all students. Gifted children are found in all income, cultural, and racial groups; gifted children may also have one or more disabilities.
  • Most teachers say their brightest students are bored and under-challenged.
  • Most teachers have no training in working with gifted learners.
  • In classroom observations, most learning activities are not differentiated for gifted learners.
  • Additional considerations:
  •   Gifted classes often require additional materials, supplies, and lab equipment for in-depth study that results in students producing projects/products that demonstrate real-world application of concepts.
  •   Teachers must be specifically trained to differentiate instruction at high levels, to fulfill their teaching roles of facilitator and guide, and to accommodate the variety of giftedness that students bring into a classroom.
  •   Additional funds are required to allow students to participate in challenging competitions that require complex thinking and high level problem-solving abilities.
  •   Curriculum, instruction, and assessment must often be modified or developed to meet the needs of the gifted student.

*Rationale taken directly from the National Association of the Gifted at Rationale for the Gifted: October 30, 2015.

Funding Formula Update: October 23, 2015

The Funding Formula Committee from the Governor’s Education Reform Commission is considering a new way of funding education. Instead of districts earning funding for 6 segments of instruction to equal 1 FTE, they are considering a student-based funding formula that involves a base student amount and additional funding for weighted student characteristics, such as special education, ESOL, or gifted.

The members of the Funding Formula Committee are continuing to decide on actual weight amounts. The initial “placeholder” number for gifted was quite low, but they proposed a higher weight at their Sept. 23 meeting. We are hopeful at this time that the committee may decide on a gifted weight per student that would result in the state funding equal to the same amount of gifted funding to districts as the present QBE system earns.

The funding formula committee will be meeting on October 28, 2015 to discuss the revised weights, including the new proposed gifted weight.

We will keep you posted on this website and if needed, by contacting GAGC members as this process continues to unfold.

For more information about the Funding Formula Committee and the other proposals from the Education Reform Commission, please explore this link:



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