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Why Universal Screening is a more Equitable Identifier of Gifted Students

Riverside Insights
Written By Riverside Insights
On Oct 27, 2022
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Why universal screening is a more equitable identifier of gifted and talented students

Universal screening with both ability and achievement tests allows each student to highlight both their potential and their performance


School districts have historically relied on a referral-based process to identify students for gifted and talented programming. This means that teachers or parents nominate their students to take selected achievement and/or cognitive aptitude tests, frequently used as a screener for gifted and talented placement.


Unfortunately, relying on referrals alone results in overly homogenous gifted and talented programs that are predominantly white, middle class, and male. Research shows that referral-based identification excludes too many students from enrichment and advanced academic opportunities.


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