November 7, 2013: The National Association for Gifted Children has released the "2013-2013 State of the States in Gifted Education: National Policy and Practice Data," a survey that it says "shows that the United States as a whole has not yet committeed attention and resources to enrue that high-ability studets will receive an education that maximizes their talen and suipports them in attaining advanced levels of achievement in school and beyond."
At left, Kalea Power, the 2013 winner of the California Foundation for Gifted Education's Margaret Gosfield College Grant. Kalea is an accomplished ballerina who is studying neuroscience at Princeton University.
The current status of California's Gifted and Talented Education program (GATE) can be reviewed at the state Dept. of Education website.
The Orangevale-based California Association for the Gifted held a symposium last week in American Canyon (Napa County), on "Reaching New Heights: Depth, Complexity, and the Common Core." CAG is a 47-year-old organization of educators and parents, advocating for the needs of gifted and talented students in public education. Handouts from the symposium can be accessed here, and include a copy of the Common Core State Standards
The survey, to which 42 states responded, was conducted with the council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, and examines policy and practice. The overview reminds the reader that "the federal government does not require identification of or services for gifted students, nor does it provie resources to states or school districts to support [these students]."
Only four states -- Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama, and Iowa -- fully fund mandates to identify and serve gifted students, and onoly Kentucky requires te3achers to be exposed to the "nature and needs of gifted students before they enter the classroom," writes Libby A. Nelson on Politico's Morning Education.