Did you know …
- In California, only 1% of African American and Hispanic students scored at the ‘advanced’ level on the 8th grade math NAEP assessment, as compared to 11% of white students. (This achievement gap exists in every state)
- High‐achieving students from disadvantaged backgrounds, when compared to their more advantaged peers, are twice as likely to drop out of school; more likely to lose ground as they move forward in their schooling; and are less likely to attend or graduate from college. (More here)
- African American and Hispanic students are underrepresented in gifted education programs. (More here)
- 90% of teachers in a national survey reported that they would like more professional development to better educate high‐ability students.
CEC is applauding the leadership of Senators Grassley (R-IA), Casey (D-PA) and Mikulski (D-MD) for introducing To Aid Gifted and High-Ability Learners by Empowering the Nation’s Teachers (TALENT) Act, bipartisan legislation introduced on Monday which directly addresses these issues.
The TALENT Act expands the focus of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), in four key areas:
Educator Development to Ensure Academic Growth for High-Ability Students: The TALENT
Act recognizes the critical
role of teachers as the catalyst for learning and academic growth and as such
seeks to expand professional development opportunities in gifted education
pedagogy for teachers nationwide.
and Addressing the National Excellence Gap: The TALENT Act responds directly to recent research demonstrating a
growing “excellence gap” at the top achievement levels between students from
low-income or minority backgrounds and their more advantaged peers by
emphasizing opportunities for students who are economically disadvantaged,
English language learners, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from
rural areas throughout the bill.
Public Transparency of Student Achievement Data: The TALENT Act emphasizes the importance of
paying attention to the highest performance levels in the accountability
system, with an emphasis on closing the “excellence gap”.
- Continuing Research and Dissemination on Best Practices in Gifted Education The TALENT Act recognizes that the expanding research in gifted education is the foundation for the success of our nation’s students with gifts and talents.
CEC -- together with the National Association for Gifted Children – have worked closely with Congressional leaders to support the introduction of the TALENT Act. This legislation comes at a pivotal time as Congress is long overdue to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind. Read CEC’s full press release here.
It is critical that you contact your Senators and ask that they cosponsor the TALENT Act. CEC’s Legislative Action Center makes this easy, simply enter your zip code and personalize a pre-written email to get in immediate contact with your Senators.
Click here to see what Senators Grassley, Casey, and Mikulski had to say about the TALENT Act.
Click here to read Radio Iowa’s coverage of the TALENT Act