Diversifying gifted and talented programs represents only the first step in expanding access, educators say. Districts also must retain those students—and that means ensuring their experiences are positive. Maryland’s Montgomery County Schools spent three years building diversification into its countywide gifted and talented magnet programs.
The average SAT scores for high school students in South Carolina dropped 43 points this year amid a surge in students choosing to take the test. There was nearly a 30 percent increase in the number of students in the state taking the SAT this year compared to last year, according to the state Department of Education.