Despite support for gifted education since the late 1950s, the United States continues to lag behind other countries in programming and resources for gifted 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.