Black students, despite comparable test scores, are recommended for gifted programs less frequently than their white peers. Noodle Expert Manya Whitaker breaks down the research, explains the implications, and suggests ways to level the playing field for all students.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
STEM is an acronym that refers to a group of academic subjects — science, technology, engineering, and math. Certain schools or curricula have adopted an extensive focus on STEM, starting as early as elementary school. In recent years, STEM education has drawn attention and press as U.S. students' test scores have slipped in these areas. Such programs seek to re-invigorate interest.