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Schools often fail to identify gifted and talented students – especially if they are Black, Latino or Native American

The Conversation – Marcia Gentry |

Having reviewed national data in detail as scholars of gifted and talented education, my colleagues and I have found that inequities like this exist across the country and in most school districts….I believe that all schools should examine their current systems for identifying students with gifts and talents with an eye toward equity. If needed, they should step up their efforts to ensure that students from underserved communities get a fair shot, and also develop programs to nurture these students – as the school district I advised a decade ago eventually managed to do.

Marcia Gentry

Marcia Gentry is Professor of Educational Studies; Director, Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute, Purdue University.