Making a Place for Gifted Education: Learning from States that Maintain Gifted Education Programs Despite Academic and Economic Pressure
School of Education
Integrated Studies: Elementary--Teacher Certification
Primary Subject Area
Education, Mathematics; Education, Bilingual and Multicultural
Vander Klay, Amanda, "Making a Place for Gifted Education: Learning from States that Maintain Gifted Education Programs Despite Academic and Economic Pressure" (2010). Senior Honors Theses. 203.
As the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act (2001), which includes expectations for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), is constantly on the minds of state and local leaders, gifted programming has seen a decrease in the United States. In the difficult economy, limited resources are being funneled towards those students who need to increase their test scores to make AYP. This thesis will examine the model states of Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Arkansas that have managed to provide mandated and funded gifted programming while excelling in their AYP and managing the strains of tight state budgets.