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There’s good news and bad news for Colorado in a new state-by-state report on gifted and talented education.
On the plus side, Colorado is one of only six states where at least 90 percent of high-poverty elementary and middle schools offer gifted and talented programs. In other states — such as Michigan, Massachusetts and Rhode Island – fewer than 10 percent of high-poverty schools offer gifted and talented programs.
In Colorado, 4.4 percent of black and Hispanic students are enrolled in gifted and talented programs in elementary and middle school, compared to almost 7 percent of students overall.
The numbers come from a report released this week by the Fordham Institute, a conservative-leaning education think tank.
Now, for the bad news.
Black and Hispanic students in Colorado are placed in gifted and talented programs at a lower rate than their peers — a longstanding problem in gifted and talented education nationwide.
Read the full article on disparities in gifted programs by Ann Schimke at Chalkbeat