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.
Special education refers to the education of children with special needs. Special needs can include learning disabilities, physical disabilities, behavioral disabilities, mental health needs, and more. In practice, special education can vary between schools, education levels, and even the approaches of individual teachers. Special education generally aims to tailor standard curricula to the learning styles and needs of individual students to give them the best chance of academic success.