Underrepresentation of African American Students in Gifted Programs

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June 02, 2016 02:14 pm

I remember the heart-sinking moment of being removed from gifted classes during my transition to high school after having been a high-achieving elementary and middle school student in Baltimore County, Maryland. As an African American student who previously faced poverty and a host of other issues, being “gifted” was part of my identity. Even though gifted classes were available at the high school I attended, no one from the school district consulted me before my transition into lower-tracked classes.

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