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.
Gifted and Talented Education
Certain educational programs are structured to support students who have been identified as "gifted and talented." The National Association for Gifted Children defines these individuals as “those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10 percent or rarer)” in one or more areas. This identification usually occurs through testing, and programs can range from in-classroom activities to separate schools.