The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has developed standards for gifted education in grades K-12. These standards provide a basis for policies, rules, and procedures that are essential for providing systematic programs and services to a gifted and talented population. While these standards may be addressed and implemented in a variety of ways, they provide important direction and focus to the endeavor of program development. They also help define the comprehensiveness necessary in designing and developing options for gifted learners at the local level. Because these standards are grounded in theory, research, and practice paradigms, they provide an important base for all efforts on behalf of gifted learners at all stages of development.
The revised 2010 programming standards have been developed with input from a variety of stakeholders and integrate principles and concepts from the initial, 1998 program standards and the national NAGC-CEC/TAG teacher preparation standards. They include an increased focus on diversity and collaboration – two powerful principles that guide high quality programs and services. The new standards use student outcomes for goals, rather than teacher practices. Both revisions create stronger standards and keep them in line with the thinking in education standards generally.
You may download the 2010 NAGC Pre-K to 12 Programming Standards Booklet for free, and you may also visit the NAGC Programming Standards webpage for more detailed information.