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Re: “In Wake Schools, Why Aren’t Gifted Black and Hispanic Students Being Given the Same Opportunities as Their White and Asian Counterparts?

My child was invited to test for the SSA program in the spring of 2014, when she was in 3rd grade. I had never heard of this program until I saw the flier that her teacher sent home with her. He felt she would be a good fit for the program, and he was right; she started going to 5th grade math for the 2014-2015 school year and did very well. However, there was no information at that time online on the school website, no mention of it in the school newsletter. Had it not been for one teacher's subjective opinion, we would have never known about it. I think that's one potential reason for the discrepancy the first two years of the program: the subjectivity of those invited to test for the program. Unlike the AIG program, where all students take the CogAt in 3rd grade in WCPSS, this program was only available to those "in the know". Maybe there were some unconscious biases on the part of the teachers who made those recommendations.

Posted by Sondi Mahoney on 09/12/2017 at 3:07 PM

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