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Local School District Sees ‘Dramatic’ Demographics Change in Gifted & Talented Program

August 19, 2019

By: Lori Lizarraga


The number of students of color in the Aurora Public School’s (APS) Gifted and Talented(GT) program increased 17 percentage points last school year after a new program launched that changed the way gifted students are identified.

Instead of waiting on teachers to recommend students for testing like before, APS tested every student at 10 pilot schools in the district at the end of the 2018-2019 school year using a localized test. Students who scored in the top 5% of that test were identified as GT.

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