Equity in Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education

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English Language Learners & G/T Services

 

According to the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, equity in G/T education exists when "the population of the total district is reflected in the population of the gifted/talented services program or has been for two (2) of the past three (3) years" (State Plan, 1.6E).

A linguistically diverse gifted/talented student is a child or youth who performs at — or shows the potential for performing at — a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and whose primary language is other than English and whose English language skills are such that the student has difficulty performing ordinary classwork in English. (TEC §29.052)

A linguistically diverse student may already be receiving services as an English language learner (ELL).

Texas is a wonderfully diverse state where more than 30 languages are spoken. Approximately 34% of Texas residents speak a language other than English. Of that group, 85% speak Spanish. (Source: Modern Language Association)

In 2011–2012, 14.9% of Texas school children received services for ELLs. In 2012–2013, 387,623 of the state’s 5,075,840 students were identified as gifted/talented. During the same year, 864,682 students were identified as ELLs.

Ideally, gifted/talented population demographics for a campus mirrors its total population demographics.

Source: Table 204.20. Number and percentage of public school students participating in programs for English language learners, by state: Selected years, 2002-03 through 2011-12. (n.d.). Retrieved September 29, 2015.