The state of Iowa mandates AND funds gifted education. Below are resources for endorsement programs in gifted education, meeting state code, and designing programming and services.  Contact ITAG ( if you have a question that is not answered on these pages.

State Guidance and National Standards

Program Components

    • Identification. The process of identifying a student for a district’s gifted and talented program is determined by the district. Check your district’s website or visit with the gifted teacher to learn more about the identification process in your district. Although there is local determination of identification procedures, all districts operate within Iowa Administrative Code 281.59, Gifted and Talented Programs. 281.59(5) for Student identification criteria and procedures.

Program Evaluation

Strategies and Approaches for Instruction

Personalized Education Plans

PEPs are presented in Iowa Administrative Code 281.59(4). The section reads in part as follows.

59.5(4) Personalized education plan. Best practice dictates that the services provided for each student placed in a gifted and talented program be contained in a written, personalized gifted and talented plan. Personalized education plans should be in writing and reviewed at periodic intervals in accordance with the changing needs of the student. The following items are suggested for inclusion in a student’s personalized education plan, but this is neither a mandatory nor an exhaustive list…            

These PEPs examples are provided for informational purposes only. Examples provided from outside Iowa may not conform to Iowa’s gifted and talented code. Examples provided from Iowa districts may not address the needs of your district.

A Student Perspective