U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $4 Million to Support Underrepresented Students in Gifted and Talented Programs

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U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $4 Million to Support Underrepresented Students in Gifted and Talented Programs

October 9, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $4 million to 11 states to focus on increasing the number of minority and other underrepresented students in gifted and talented programs.

Under the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education program, grantees carry out demonstration projects, innovative strategies and scientifically-based research to enhance the services provided to gifted and talented K-12 students nationwide. The new grants will allow these states to take models that have proven effective on a small scale and expand the programs to multiple schools or districts. The awards are targeted to programs aimed at enrolling students that are economically disadvantaged, limited in English language skills or have disabilities.

“In a knowledge-based economy, academic rigor matters more than ever in preparing students for college and careers, but tragically, the opportunity gap starts before kindergarten and continues into the college years,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “Closing the opportunity gap will require that school resources, talent and spending be targeted to the kids who need help the most.  This grant program will help these schools replicate success and challenge the opportunity gap for students who far too often are not given a fair shot at success in college, careers and life.”

States and school districts will use the grant funds for activities including:

  • Conducting scientifically based research and providing technical assistance on methods and techniques for identifying and teaching gifted and talented students—and for using these programs and methods to serve all students
  • Carrying out professional development for personnel involved in the education of gifted and talented students
  • Making materials and services available through state regional education service centers, institutes of higher education, or other entities
  • Establishing and operating model projects using innovative strategies for serving gifted and talented students whose needs may not be met by more traditional programs.  These innovative projects may include summer programs, mentoring, peer tutoring, service learning and programs involving business, industry and education
  • Providing challenging, high-level course work, disseminated through technologies (including distance learning), for students in schools districts that would not otherwise have the resources for such course work

Below is a list of the new grant awards. For more information on the program, visit here.

Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program

AWARDEE Year 1 Award Amount
Utah State Office of Education $352,715.00
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction $373,547.00

Ohio Department of Education

$323,088.00
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction $376,983.00
Arizona Department of Education $410,202.00
Minnesota Department of Education $147,255.00
Kentucky Department of Education $363,853.00
Colorado Department of Education $283,780.00

Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia $438,425.00
Seminole County Public Schools $500,000.00
Board of Regents of the University of WI System $466,902.00
TOTAL $4,036,750.00