How Race Affects the Identification of “Gifted” Students

"African American Read-In 2013" by Rod Library licensed under CC BY 2.0
African American Read-In 2013” by Rod Library licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: NPR

A national study has revealed that racial bias plays a role in keeping black students out of “gifted” programs, barring them from the special services and individual learning plans that go along with them.

According to the study, even when they have similar test scores, “black students are about half as likely as white students to be put on a ‘gifted’ track—even when they have comparable test scores,” reports NPR.

However, when the teacher identifying students was black, the disparity disappeared. Black teachers determined black students to be reading-gifted 6.2 percent of the time, the same rate as white students. Non-black teachers only identified black students as such 2.1 percent of the time.

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