Except for the Gifted and Talented
The U.S. Department of Education's No Child Left Behind
program's focus on remediation (which is certainly a good thing for
those who need such help) provided scant funding for Gifted and
Talented (G&T) students. Some communities, under heavy budgetary
constraints, have found it necessary to reduce or eliminate their
G&T programs. 15 states (including NY, PA, NJ and DE) either have
no mandate for G&T in their public schools or have failed to
allocate sufficient state tax dollars to support such activities. Where G&T enrichment
is available, it often does not meet individual student needs.
Studies have shown that:
Supplementation of regular coursework with facilitated got math? activities can serve as an effective early and ongoing intervention to help avoid such potential problems.
- Many students benefit from an accelerated curriculum
- Between 10-20% of high school dropouts test as gifted
- Up to 40% of gifted students may be underachievers