Gifted-education programs were created as a way to help the brightest students develop their full academic potential and keep them engaged in school. In practice, though, these programs often “miss” students, especially those in lower-income communities, students of color, English-language learners, and students who have disabilities that mask their giftedness. Read on to learn how schools screen students for advanced academic programs and how they might cast a wider net.
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