Are Best and Brightest Getting Shafted?

, Malcolm A. Kline, 1 Comment

It depends on their zip code, a pair of researchers suggest.

Christopher Yaluma and Adam Tyner of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that:

~”More than two-thirds of elementary and middle schools have gifted programs.

~”Overall, high-poverty schools are just as likely as low-poverty schools to have them.

~”Yet students in low-poverty schools are more than twice as likely to participate in such programs.

~”Even when black and Hispanic students have gifted programs in their elementary and middle schools, they participate at much lower rates than their peers.

~”In schools with gifted programs, only Maryland, Kentucky, and New Hampshire enroll more than 10 percent of the state’s black and Hispanic students in those programs; in twenty-two states it’s less than 5 percent.”


One Response

  1. Colleen Lawler

    February 2, 2018 1:40 am

    Gifted and talented in Iowa is by teacher’s choice: often children of other teachers or their own kids. Many years ago, I saw a t.v. program where children deemed likely to fail were placed in a special gifted and talented group that included learning the skills of studying, note taking, and scheduling needed to help them succeed. They outperformed the regular gifted and talented students. I feel anyone willing to work hard should be given the opportunity to succeed, not just a chosen few.

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