D.C. seeks to make admissions to gifted programs more equitable

03/14/2013 | Hechinger Report, The

When school leaders in Washington, D.C., re-established gifted and talented programs this school year, they did so with an open-admission policy, rather than relying on teacher recommendations and tests. The aim is to give students traditionally underrepresented in gifted programs, such as African-Americans and Hispanics, more opportunities to access the programs and to "build up the gifts they have rather than just focus on their weaknesses," said Mathew Reif, director of advanced and enriched instruction.

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