Thursday, October 1, 2009
A school that identified more than 80% as GT did so for three years until an analysis was published showing that the number was inconsistent with student performance on MSAs and TerraNova.
A significant number of schools identified 50% or more of their second graders as GT.
All this in a school system that outspent other Maryland public school systems.
GT education is mandated by state law and MCPS needs to step up to the plate and implement a GT program that conforms to established best practices and accepted standards and norms.
GT education cannot be filibustered away by an advisory committee or a political group. Nor is it a title to be awarded at whim. It is, to repeat myself, a legal requirement for a student population we need to nurture and cannot simply wish away.
Raw GT data, published by MCPS, is also available here (2005), here (2006), here (2007), and here (2008).