National Association for Gifted Children Pre-K-12 Gifted Education Programming
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)/Council for Exceptional Children
and The Association for the Gifted developed six NAGC Pre-K- Grade 12 Gifted Programming
Standards. These six standards increase the focus on diversity and collaboration - principles
which guide high-quality programs and services. The six standards use student outcomes for
goals, rather than teacher practices, and they are grounded in theory, research, and practice
paradigms, thus providing an important base for working towards meeting the needs of gifted
learners at all stages of development.
NAGC's six standards focus on student outcomes in learning and development,
assessment, curriculum planning and instruction, learning environments, programming, and
professional development. All of the six standards are aligned with evidence-based practices
effective in working with gifted students and are sensitive to the dual goals of equity and
excellence. The 2014- 2015 State of the States in Gifted Education reported that 31 states use
NAGC's Pre-K- Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards to aid in the accountability process as
well as guide state programming standards, evaluation tools, and reporting.