ERIC Number: ED197576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Gifted and Talented Education from a Nationwide Perspective.
Zettel, Jeffrey J.
The paper reports findings of a 4 year investigation of changes that have taken place across the country with regard to the education of gifted and talented children. Data were obtained on an annual basis from direct informational questionnaires sent to individual state consultants for the gifted and talented. The investigation was constructed and reported around three basic informational needs: the need to determine from a policy perspective exactly who are the gifted and talented, how they are being identified, and approximately how many are being reported as receiving a differentiated special education program; the need to carefully examine the progress that has taken place at the state level with regard to many of the administrative structures, state level personnel, regulatory and administrative practices that impact upon the provision of services to the gifted and talented; and the need to delineate the present levels of state and federal appropriations for this population. Among the more significant policy developments and changes that have taken place between the 1975-76 and 1979-80 school years are the following: 39 states currently have legislation that mentions or defines gifted and talented children; 44 states have regulations or guidelines regarding the screening and identification of the children; 17 states either require or suggest the use of individualized education programs for their gifted and talented students; 19 state require or suggest the use of due process procedures in the identification, evaluation, and placement of their gifted and talented children; 43 states indicate they served a total of 766,759 gifted and talented students during 1979-80; it appears that between 37% and 61% of the estimated gifted and talented population was served during the 1979-80 school year; 15 states mandated the identification and provision of appropriate educational services for their gifted and talented children during the 1979-80 school year; and 38 states reported allocating a total of $141,772,238 for gifted and talented education during the 1979-80 school year. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.
Note: This paper was written for and appears in "Special Education in America: Its Legal and Governmental Foundations," Ballard, et al. (Editors), Reston, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.