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    #249415 - 12/07/21 10:21 AM Gifted & Talented Programs and Racial Segregation
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    Gifted & Talented Programs and Racial Segregation
    Owen Thompson
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    December 2021
    Racial segregation can occur across educational programs or classrooms within a given school, and there has been particular concern that gifted & talented programs may reduce integration within schools. This paper evaluates the contribution of gifted & talented education to racial segregation using data on the presence and racial composition of gifted & talented programs at virtually all US elementary schools over a span of nine school years. I first show that, consistent with widespread perceptions, gifted & talented programs do disproportionately enroll white and Asian students while Black, Hispanic and Native American students are underrepresented. However, I also show that accounting for the within-school racial sorting caused by these programs has little or no effect on standard measures of overall racial segregation. This is primarily because gifted & talented programs are a small share of total enrollments and do enroll non-negligible numbers of under-represented minority students. I also estimate changes in race-specific enrollments after schools initiate or discontinue gifted & talented programs, and find no significant enrollment changes after programs are eliminated or initiated. I conclude that gifted & talented education is a quantitatively small contributor to racial segregation in US elementary schools.

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    #249417 - 12/07/21 11:37 AM Re: Gifted & Talented Programs and Racial Segregation [Re: Bostonian]
    timeout Offline
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    Registered: 11/13/21
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    Very interesting. You can actually see some of the data yourself here

    https://ocrdata.ed.gov/

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