ERIC Number: ED208044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Minority/Majority Experiences Study, 1978-79: Gifted and Talented Services.
Goodman, Samuel A.; Frechtling, Joy A.
The purpose of the Minority/Majority Experiences Study was to secure baseline data on the status of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as regards issues of educational equity. The present report examines services for the gifted and talented and advanced placement students. The study found that gifted and talented programs are available in about half the MCPS schools. The majority of the programs are less than two hours per week in duration and are limited in grade coverage. Raising serious questions regarding the sufficiency and equitability of program offerings. Analysis of participation data shows that blacks and Hispanics are severely underrepresented relative to whites and Asians in gifted and talented programs. The problem is especially noticeable for blacks. In addition, analyses suggest that the multicriterion selection procedure, intended to supplement selection based on test score performance, was not uniformily benefitting all groups of students. Participation data on advanced placement courses generally are consistent with that found for the gifted and talented program. Black and Hispanic students are underrepresented relative to whites and Asians. At all levels of the school system, therefore, the data show differential access to services as a function of racial group. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD. Dept. of Educational Accountability.