States Seen Renewing Focus on Education Of Gifted
Florida and Wisconsin are among the states considering changes to the system they use to identify gifted children, part of what experts in the field say is a national trend of reaching out to children traditionally underrepresented in academically advanced classrooms.
Advocates for the gifted hope that the attention in those states—as well as Indiana’s recent move to mandate education for students of “high ability”—indicates a renewed concentration on gifted education, amid the focus on underachieving children prompted by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Federal policy requires all students to score at proficient levels on state tests by 2014.
“The optimist in me has said, maybe the pendulum has swung as far as it’s going to go,” said Jane Clarenbach, the director of public education for the National Association of Gifted Children, or NAGC, in Washington. “There are a number of states that are grappling with this.” The group estimates that about 3 million...
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