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The Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) is a resource for providing differentiated instruction to gifted/talented (G/T) students (and can be used for providing enhanced academic opportunities for all students). The TPSP provides a coherent package of standards, curriculum, and assessments for use in G/T programs from kindergarten through high school.

The goal of the TPSP is to provide resources for G/T teachers and students that allow students to create professional quality work in alignment with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students.

At each grade level, the TPSP provides guidelines for independent learning experiences and research projects that teachers can adapt and use with their G/T students. The projects, or “tasks,” are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and focus on the foundation content areas of English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and social studies with interdisciplinary connections.

This website provides TPSP materials for the following grade-level spans:

  • Primary Grades (K-2)
  • Intermediate Grades (3-5)
  • Middle School Grades (6-8)
  • High School/Exit Level (9-12)

For kindergarten through grade 10, the TPSP offers two or more interdisciplinary units (tasks) per grade level. Aligned with the TEKS, each task includes guided instruction and opportunities for independent research in multiple content areas. At exit level, the TPSP supports an extended independent study under the guidance of a mentor who is an expert in the student’s area of study.

The TPSP can be used to design or enhance your G/T programming, and resources can be incorporated into any existing class. At the exit level, course credit may be earned for independent studies conducted in state-approved courses.

We encourage G/T coordinators and teachers and school and district administrators to explore the resources available on this website for serving G/T students.