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POLICY AND ADVOCACY 

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Why Policy Support for Gifted and High-Ability Students Matters:

ILLINOIS HAS LARGE “OPPORTUNITY GAPS” AND THUS LARGE “EXCELLENCE GAPS”

  • The No Child Left Behind Act created strong incentives for schools to focus on students below the minimum proficiency bar and inadvertently neglect the growth of advanced students
  • Opportunity gaps: Most Illinois elementary/middle school districts do not offer gifted programming
    • Over 80% had gifted programming in 2003, prior to NCLB and end of state funding (ISBE)
    • Only 27% currently offer gifted programming. Districts serving predominantly low-income students were least likely to provide programing. (Dwyer & Welch, 2016)
    • Lack of access to gifted programming during the school day is most detrimental to economically disadvantaged students whose families lack resources for supplementation
  • Excellence Gaps: Illinois currently has among the largest academic excellence gaps in the country. 15% of 4th graders and 12% of 8th graders who did not qualify for free or reduced price lunch in Illinois scored at the advanced levels on the 2013 NAEP math test, while only 2% of students who qualified for free or reduced price lunch scored at advanced levels (Plucker, 2016)

Resources on How to Advocate Effectively in Your School:

Most decisions that affect the availability of and funding for programs and services for gifted and advanced learners are made at the local level. Therefore, in addition to supporting strong policy and funding for talent development at the state and federal levels, it is critical that parents and concerned educators engage with local school leaders to ensure that addressing the needs of advanced learners is a high priority.

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Illinois Association for Gifted Children

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Aurora, IL 60506

Ph: 630-907-5047
Fax: 630-907-5976


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