History of Gifted Education

Timeline created by Amber Cronin
In History
  • William Torrey Harris

    William Torrey Harris
    Superintendent of public schools for St. Louis, institutes the earliest systematic efforts in public schools to educate gifted students.
  • Worcester, MA

    Worcester, Massachusetts opened the first special school for gifted children.
  • Stanford-Binet Published

    Lewis Terman, the “father” of the gifted education movement, publishes the Stanford-Binet, forever changing intelligence testing and the face of American education.
  • Terman Study Begins

    Terman Study Begins
    Lewis Terman begins what has remained the longest running longitudinal study of gifted children with an original sample of 1,500 gifted children.
  • Gifted Children: Their Nature and NurturePublished

    Leta Hollingworth publishes Gifted Children: Their Nature and Nurture, which is considered to be the first textbook on gifted education.
  • NAGC Founded

    NAGC Founded
    The National Association of Gifted Children is founded under the leadership of Ann Isaacs.
  • The Marland Report

    The Marland Report
    First formal definition is issued encouraging schools to define giftedness broadly, along with academic and intellectual talent the definition includes leadership ability, visual and performing arts, creative or productive thinking, and psychomotor ability.
  • Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act

    Congress passes the Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act
  • NAGC publishes Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards

    NAGC publishes Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards to provide guidance in seven key areas for programs serving gifted and talented students. The standards were revised in 2010 as Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards.
  • Teacher Preparation Programs for Gifted Standards Published

    Teacher Preparation Programs for Gifted Standards Published
    NAGC publishes national gifted education standards for teacher preparation programs and knowledge and skill standards in gifted education for all teachers. The standards were revised in 2013.