In the State of Missouri, "gifted children" means those who "exhibit precocious development of mental capacity and learning potential as determined by competent professional evaluation to the extent that continued educational growth and stimulation could best be served by an academic environment beyond that offered through a standard grade level curriculum." RSMo. 162.675

GAM has actively supported the needs of high-ability and high-potential learners in Missouri since 1980. GAM provides teacher training, curriculum development, parent support, regional seminars and workshops, scholarships, student competitions, and awards. Further, GAM conducts an annual state conference for all Missouri stakeholders in gifted education. In addition, GAM employs a legislative consultant to advocate for gifted students at the state level and through the legislative process.  

Tools and Information for Advocacy

Success in the 2018 Legislative Session!

Missouri Advocacy Agenda 2020

The Gifted Association of Missouri requests your advocacy on the following issues:


Funding For Gifted Education Programs

Support legislation that requires every school in Missouri provide state approved gifted education programs for students identified as “gifted” under section 162.675 and that all program services are provided by teachers with a valid certification in gifted education.
Current Introduced Bills
House Bill 1317   sponsored by Rep. Chrissy Sommer (R-St. Charles) 

Senate Bill 645  sponsored by Senator Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) 

Missouri Scholars Academy & Fine Arts Academy
Support state funding for the Missouri Scholars Academy and Missouri Fine Arts Academy for June, 2021. 

The Scholars Academy is a three-week residential program at MU for 330 high school juniors who are academically gifted; The Fine Arts Academy is a three-week residential program at MSU for 150 rising high school juniors and seniors who are gifted in the arts.

Missouri School Foundation Formula Funding
Support increased funding for the Missouri School Foundation Formula.  Support $3.9 billion appropriation in House Bill 2 for the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

$24,870,104 was appropriated for gifted education in FY2006.  There were 295 school districts with state approved gifted programs. In FY2007, this amount was rolled into the new foundation formula.  Without this line item providing earmarked funding for state approved gifted programs, those funds can be spent on other programs, and there are now only 215 school districts offering state approved gifted programs. 

You can find your legislators by visiting the Missouri Senate website.
Legislative Look-Up:
It will give you contact information and a webpage on your Legislators.

Gifted Advocacy in Missouri

Legislative Session 2020

If you have questions, please contact GAM’s Governmental Consultant, Kyna Iman, at

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GAM was successful during the 2018 Legislative Session with the passing of Senate Bill 743 which contained the following provisions:
                                                                         This bill requires any district with an approved gifted education program to have a process, which must be approved by the district's board of education, that outlines the procedures and conditions under which parents or guardians may request a review of the decision that determined that their child did not qualify to receive services through the district's gifted education program. This bill also allows for the subject or whole grade acceleration of any student.

HB1435 –
HB 1435 -- GIFTED CHILDREN SPONSOR: Sommer                                                                         
This bill requires school districts to establish special programs for gifted children when a sufficient number of children are determined to be gifted and their development requires programs or services beyond the level of those ordinarily provided in regular public school programs.

GAM will be working with school districts to ensure that they comply with the new laws and adopt favorable policies for gifted students. 

GAM will continue advocate for legislation that would require all school districts in the state to provide services and programs for all gifted students.  


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