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ERIC Number: ED539772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Equitable Access for Underrepresented Students in Gifted Education
Payne, Alexander
George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education
Racial and ethnic disproportionality in gifted education is a persistent and perennial inequity in many school districts. This report describes the root causes of this disproportionality and discusses ways in which this issue can be addressed. Whereas most of the attention has been paid to assessment, specifically the use of nonverbal tests to identify gifted students, this report argues that implementing talent development measures is key to increasing the numbers of racially and/or linguistically diverse students in gifted education. Because socioeconomic status has a substantial effect on a child's linguistic and intellectual development, talent development strategies that shore up academic deficiencies from a young age hold promise over strategies that merely aim to provide a nonbiased assessment of ability. To give the reader a purview of the different talent development measures, several successful programs are described. The report concludes with a list of recommendations for district leadership. U-STARS-PLUS is appended. (Contains 1 figure and 4 footnotes.)
George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education. 1555 Wilson Boulevard Suite 515, Arlington, VA 22209. Tel: 800-925-3223; Tel: 703-528-3588; Fax: 703-528-5973; e-mail: ceeeinfo@ceee.gwu.edu; Web site: http://ceee.gwu.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education