Gifted and talented programs - do they work?

Does participating in a gifted and talented program enhance student performance? Maybe not according to the results of a study by Cornell University and Michigan State University.

Using a sample of more than 14,000 Year 5 students, researchers analysed students’ standardised test scores in maths, science, reading, social studies and language arts.

The study assessed the performance of one group of children who qualified for a gifted and talented program, by comparing their performance in the above subject areas to students who just missed the entrance threshold for the gifted program.

The students in the gifted and talented program showed no improvement in test scores over the non-qualifying students in any of the five subjects.

Read more at Michigan State University