A reporter at Quartz looks at what happens when gifted and talented programs are opened up to all students. The results show once again that too many students are being held back not by their ability, but by the Belief Gap.
In many places around the U.S., low-income and minority children are significantly underrepresented in gifted and talented programs. This seems to be the case whether the process for identifying gifted children relies on teacher referrals for screening, or on evaluations arranged and paid for independently by parents. So what happens when you give every student a chance? For starters, according to a new NBER working paper, you get a massive increase in diversity. At least that was the case at public schools in one of the United States’ largest and most diverse urban school districts.