Thoughts on Bright, Low-Income Students Who Are "Counted Out" of Gifted and Advanced Classes

an op-ed for the Raleigh News & Observer
Mary Ruth Coleman
June, 2017

In this op-ed, FPG's Mary Ruth Coleman explains the importance of focusing on inequities in the placement of bright students from low-income homes in programs intended to challenge students identified as academically and intellectually gifted.

Excerpt: "The News & Observer and Charlotte Observer are to be commended for their recent series, 'Counted Out,' for focusing on the persistent inequities in the placement of bright, low-income students in programs intended to challenge students identified as academically and intellectually gifted. The stories correctly argued that our failure to meet the needs of these students shortchanges them individually and also the state and nation, which depend on the success of all--regardless of race, ethnicity or income level... Education in North Carolina and elsewhere remains a work in progress; whether the focus is on students who struggle to master basic skills or those who are outpacing their peers. The achievement gaps across student populations continue as an injustice and a challenge to schools everywhere. These gaps are also a test of political will for individual communities, our state and our nation. Success in closing these gaps demands committed leadership, sufficient resources, effective strategies and caring and capable educators, as well as strong partnerships with families..." more