Including Diverse Learners in Gifted Education Programs and Services

Too many students do not receive appropriately challenging curriculum and services and as a result, fail to reach their potential. This is a loss, not only for the students, but for the nation. The gaps in support of and services for our most advanced students are even more pronounced for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.  As our education policy focuses nearly exclusively on grade-level achievement in an effort to close the achievement gap for struggling learners, another achievement gap has been widening.kids.jpg 

Research on student performance on state and national tests shows that there is a growing gap at the top of the achievement scale between white students and students of color and between advanced students from low-income backgrounds and those from more advantaged circumstances. This achievement gap, dubbed the “excellence gap,” for high-ability students is especially problematic in light of the demand for a high-performing and highly skilled workforce to ensure U.S. economic competitiveness in the new global economy.

Ensuring the availability of rigorous coursework and gifted education programs and services for all students who would benefit from the challenge, combined with equitable identification procedures, would reduce the underrepresentation of diverse learners in gifted education programs and put more learners from every population in a position to increase their achievement and maximize their potential.


Read about identifying children from diverse populations for gifted education programs.

Read about how classroom instruction and teacher training supports high-ability students from diverse backgrounds.

Download a factsheet on high ability low-income and minority students

 

NAGC Resources

Download Unlocking Emergent Talent: Supporting High Achievement of Low-Income, High-Ability Students

Download Overlooked Gems: A National Perspective on Low Income Promising Learners

Access NAGC webinar series on diversity


Other Key Reports

Download Talent on the Sidelines report and view state-by-state excellence gap data

Download The Achievement Trap