How Do Schools Find Gifted Students? Some Survey Results

Eight charts from a nationwide survey of nearly 800 gifted-education teachers and administrators show how schools are identifying students for gifted services and where the screening falls short.

How Do Schools Find Gifted Students? Some Survey Results

Students from low-income homes, and black, Latino, and Native American children are often underrepresented in school gifted education programs, according to a nationwide survey of the people who staff those programs. The survey by the Education Week Research Center also found that the problem is particularly acute in large school districts and those in urban areas. Despite those imbalances, more than half of the 800 respondents said they “completely agree” or “partially agree” that their district programs are netting all or almost all of the students who need to be in them.

See the full results: Gifted Education: Results of a National Survey






Representation Defining Screening Identifying Preparing


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Source: Education Week Research Center

Coverage of the experiences of low-income, high-achieving students is supported in part by a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, at www.jkcf.org. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.




Coverage of the experiences of low-income, high-achieving students is supported in part by a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, at www.jkcf.org. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.
A version of this article appeared in the November 27, 2019 edition of Education Week as Gifted Education: Results of a National Survey