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Texas Gifted and Talented Programs

There are several different gifted and talented programs in Texas, each requiring gifted and talented testing. Read on to learn about the various Texas gifted and talented programs and tests statewide.
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Statewide Testing

The STAAR Test is used in all Texas public schools in grades 3-8. It is used to assess the knowledge and achievements students have gained in their respective grade levels. The main purpose of the STAAR Test is to track the level of all Texas public school students. It is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum, which is taught in Texas public schools.

Gifted Identification - By City/District

Different school districts in Texas use different assessments to identify gifted and talented students. See list of cities below for more information.


  • HISD Vanguard - the Vanguard program is for a gifted and talented program for public school students in grades K-12 in the Houston Independent School District (HISD). In order to gain admissions to a Vanguard program, students must take the CogAT and the Iowa Assessments.
  • HAIS - Houston’s private schools, which are affiliated with the Houston Association of Independent Schools (HAIS), include both religious and preparatory private school programs. Different HAIS programs require at least one, or a combination of the following tests, generally in grades 5-8: OLSAT, ISEE, and HSPT.

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