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.”