ERIC Number: ED359743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
National Excellence: A Case for Developing America's Talent.
Ross, Pat O'Connell; And Others
This report on the educational needs of American gifted and talented students identifies indicators of an educational crisis, describes the current status of education for these students, and presents recommendations to meet the educational needs of these students. Indicators demonstrating the need for change include the relatively poor performance by American students on international tests and the small number of students performing at the highest levels on National Assessment of Educational Progress tests. Recent studies have shown that gifted and talented elementary school students have mastered 35-40% of the curriculum in five basic subjects before they begin the school year; most regular classroom teachers make few, if any, provisions for talented students; highest achieving students study less than an hour a day; and only 2 cents out of every $100 spent on K-12 education supports special opportunities for talented students. A review describes how gifted and talented students are currently identified, the number of students served, the kind of support available, the kind of education most gifted and talented students receive, and characteristics of effective programs for these students. Seven recommendations are offered: (1) set challenging curricular standards; (2) establish high-level learning opportunities; (3) ensure access to early childhood education; (4) increase learning opportunities for disadvantaged and minority children with outstanding talents; (5) broaden the definition of gifted (a broadened definition based on the federal Javits Gifted and Talented Education Act is offered); (6) encourage appropriate teacher training and technical assistance; and (7) match world performance. (Contains 43 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Comparative Education, Definitions, Early Childhood Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Expenditure per Student, Futures (of Society), Gifted, Gifted Disadvantaged, Special Education, Talent, Talent Identification
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Programs for the Improvement of Practice.
Identifiers: Javits Gifted and Talented Students Act
Note: Foreword by Richard W. Riley, Secretary of Education.