Jacob Javits Gifted & Talented Students Education Act

The Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act (Javits) was first passed by Congress in 1988 as part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and was most recently reauthorized through the Every Student Succeeds Act to support the development of talent in U.S. schools.  The Javits Act, which is the only federal program dedicated specifically to gifted and talented students, does not fund local gifted education programs.  

Funding for Javits Program - Federal Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017–September 20, 2018)

It is anticipated that the Javits program will receive $12 million for fiscal year 2018, the same amount of funding as received in 2017. Both the Senate and House appropriations committees have included the $12 million funding level in their respective bills that fund the departments of Labor/HHS and Education and the individual programs each agency oversees.  Once a fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill is finalized, the U.S. Department of Education will determine if they will have a new grant competition.  

In calendar year 2017, the U.S. Department of Education awarded funding for thirteen 2017 and one 2018 (one project funded down the 2017 slate) Javits projects. 

The Administration has proposed cutting Javits for Federal fiscal year 2019 (FY19). With the support of advocates, we are working to convince Congress to fund Javits in FY19. If you are interested in learning more about our advocacy efforts, please join the Legislative Action Network.

Read about the effectiveness of the Javits program.

Background on Javits Act

The purpose of the Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act is to orchestrate a coordinated program of scientifically based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities that build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools to meet the special educational needs of gifted and talented students.  

The Javits Act focuses resources on identifying and serving students who are traditionally underrepresented in gifted and talented programs, particularly minority, economically disadvantaged, English language learners, and students with disabilities, to help reduce gaps in achievement and to encourage the establishment of equal educational opportunities for all students.

In addition to the demonstration grants, the Javits program funds a National Research and Development Center for the Education of Gifted and Talented Children and Youth, which conducts a focused program of research that includes an exploratory study, an impact evaluation, and leadership and outreach activities to ensure that the research informs education practice.  The Javits program, like other authorized federal grant programs, must be funded each year by the Congress.