Why Talented Black and His­panic Stu­dents Can Go Undis­cov­ered

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - News - Newyork­time.com writes:

Pub­lic schools are in­creas­ingly filled with black and His­panic stu­dents, but the chil­dren iden­ti­fied as “gifted” in those schools are over­whelm­ingly white and Asian.

The num­bers are star­tling. Black third graders are half as likely as whites to be in­cluded in pro­grams for the gifted, and the deficit is nearly as large for His­pan­ics, ac­cord­ing to Work By Two Van­der­bilt re­searchers, Ja­son Gris­som and Christo­pher Red­ding.

New ev­i­dence in­di­cates that schools have contributed to th­ese dis­par­i­ties by un­der­es­ti­mat­ing the po­ten­tial of black and His­panic chil­dren. But that can change! When one large school dis­trict in Florida al­tered how it screened chil­dren, the num­ber of black and His­panic chil­dren iden­ti­fied as gifted dou­bled.

That dis­trict is Broward County, which in­cludes Fort Laud­erdale and has one of the largest and most di­verse stu­dent pop­u­la­tions in the coun­try. More than half of its stu­dents are black or His­panic and a sim­i­lar pro­por­tion are from low-in­come fam­i­lies. Yet, as of 10 years ago, just 28 per­cent of the third graders who were iden­ti­fied as gifted were black or His­panic.

In 2005, in an ef­fort to re­duce that dis­par­ity, Broward County in­tro­duced a uni­ver­sal screen­ing pro­gram, re­quir­ing that all sec­ond graders take a short non­ver­bal test, with high scor­ers re­ferred for I.Q. test­ing. Un­der the pre­vi­ous sys­tem, the dis­trict had re­lied on teachers and par­ents to make those re­fer­rals.

To read more: http://www.ny­times. com/2016/04/10/up­shot/why-talented-black-and-his­panic-stu­dents- can-goundis­cov­ered.html?_r=1

Illustration Tar­ran Carter

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