Funding to Increase Underrepresented Students in Gifted and Talented Programs

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $4 Million to Support Underrepresented Students in Gifted and Talented Programs

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $4 million to 11 states to focus on increasing the number of minority and other underrepresented students in gifted and talented programs.

Under the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education program, grantees carry out demonstration projects, innovative strategies and scientifically-based research to enhance the services provided to gifted and talented K-12 students nationwide.

The new grants will allow these states to take models that have proven effective on a small scale and expand the programs to multiple schools or districts.

The awards are targeted to programs aimed at enrolling students that are economically disadvantaged, limited in English language skills or have disabilities.

“In a knowledge-based economy, academic rigor matters more than ever in preparing students for college and careers, but tragically, the opportunity gap starts before kindergarten and continues into the college years,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “Closing the opportunity gap will require that school resources, talent and spending be targeted to the kids who need help the most.

This grant program will help these schools replicate success and challenge the opportunity gap for students who far too often are not given a fair shot at success in college, careers and life.”

States and school districts will use the grant funds for activities including:[…] Full press