The Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) provides a structure for students to perform on challenging projects in grades four and eight and at the exit level, which is usually in grade eleven or grade twelve. Projects in fourth and eighth grades are somewhat structured, and students complete a series of activities to arrive at a final product. Exit level projects are more independent, and students work with mentors in the chosen field of study to create a final product.
All projects should reflect quality work by gifted students in the Texas K-12 public school system as defined by the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. You can find this document at the TEA website in English and in Spanish. The content standards for the projects are the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Students who successfully complete a project will demonstrate a deep understanding of at least one area of study in one of these disciplines.
The TPSP consists of research-based standards and an accompanying assessment system that captures the high levels of achievement that gifted/talented students are able to exhibit. Schools and districts can use the results of this assessment to improve their services for gifted/talented students. The TPSP can also provide summative and formative information on an individual student’s learning.