The mission of the Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education is to encourage and support the education of students who are identified as gifted and talented in accordance with the Annotated Code of Maryland and national standards for gifted programming.
- Gifted and talented students have outstanding talent and perform, or show the potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other students of a similar age, experience, or environment.
- Gifted and talented students need different services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to develop their potential.
- Children with outstanding talent and advanced learning capabilities are present in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.
- Equity of opportunity and access to high quality programs and services, as defined by national standards, are necessary for all Maryland students requiring gifted and talented education.
The Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education:
- Becomes informed about best practices for gifted and talented education and its role as an integral facet of education in Maryland.
- Advises the State Superintendent of Schools on issues and best practices relevant to the education of gifted and talented students in Maryland
- Supports the Maryland State Department of Education and local leadership in developing, implementing, and monitoring plans and programs for gifted and talented education
- Informs and educates parents and caregivers, educators, communities, and other stakeholders about the unique needs of gifted and talented students
- Encourages the development and consistent implementation of comprehensive, high quality services with regard to gifted and talented education in order to assure equity of access for all children throughout the state.
The Maryland Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education:
- Analyzes data provided by the MSDE with regard to gifted and talented education in Maryland
- Prepares annual reports for the State Superintendent of Schools and the State Board of Education including a summary of the Advisory Council's findings regarding the status of gifted and talented education in Maryland
- Receives periodic status reports as requested from MSDE with regard to implementation, completion, or projected timelines, and analyzes the progress in the implementation of recommendations previously accepted and/or adopted by the Board
- At the request of the State Superintendent of Schools, presents publicly to the State Board of Education a progress report on the status of gifted and talented education in Maryland and makes recommendations for Board consideration and/or action
The establishment of an Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education was a recommendation in Renewing our Commitment, the 1994 Task Force report on gifted education. The recommendations in the report were subsequently adopted by the Maryland State Board of Education.
In 2001, the Final Report of the Commission on Funding and Services for Gifted and Talented Student Education in Maryland reiterated the Council’s importance and urged its continuation. This recommendation was adopted by the Maryland State Board of Education at its January 2002 meeting.
The Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education includes professional educators, parents, community and business stakeholders. They represent all levels of education and the major geographic regions of Maryland.
The Council Chair, in conjunction with MSDE staff, nominates individuals with regard to statewide representation. The State Superintendent of Schools, having received candidate nominations, makes the final appointments annually.
The parent advocacy group, the Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education (MCGATE) maintains at least one seat on the Council.
Members serve three-year terms that are staggered so that one third of the membership is appointed each year. Members may be re-appointed at the discretion of the Superintendent.
The Advisory Council meets at least four times in an academic year. Additional meetings may be held to facilitate sub-committee work, research, and/or to address specific ad hoc issues or concerns.