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Posted by on Oct 11, 2015 in Featured Resource, Throwback Thursday

TBT | JKCF Report Finds States Ill-prepared to Support Disadvantaged GT Youth

TBT | JKCF Report Finds States Ill-prepared to Support Disadvantaged GT Youth


Our October 2015 chapter meeting guest, Tammie Stewart from Northwestern University, introduced two scholarship opportunities through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The JKCF College Scholarship is aimed at high school seniors, with the Youth Scholars Program focused on current year 7th grade students. We will post further details on the latter as the application period opens. We hope you find this #TBT post to be informative.




jkcfNAGC issued a press release to coincide with the new Closing the Excellence Gap report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.


Entitled Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities, the report offers a State by State score card on support for academically talented low-income students using “18 simple indicators representing nine distinct state-level policies and nine specific measures of student outcomes. Not one state receives an A.”


How does Minnesota do? What recommendations are made for changes to education practices in our State? – Download the .pdf


 “Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities quantifies in blunt language all educators can understand the extent of our neglect when it comes to supporting high-achieving and high-potential students, particularly those students from disadvantaged backgrounds.” NAGC President Tracy L. Cross, Executive Director of the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary, said. 
“The findings provide state leaders with the opportunity to take a comprehensive approach to developing high levels of talent across all populations of students, particularly those from disadvantaged settings. I urge state legislators, school chiefs, board of education members and others to move with all speed to knock down impediments and create opportunities to maximize our academic talent,” Cross added. 
The report complements NAGC’s work, notably the biannual State of the States review of gifted education policies and funding and echoes the organization’s recommendations for greater public transparency and accountability of states and districts when it comes to the performance of our top students as well as for better preparation and training for teachers working with such learners.”