Some Gifted Student Advocates Worry About Proposed Standards

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Advocates for the quarter of a million public school students identified as gifted in Ohio are upset about new draft standards on how districts should teach those kids. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

The Ohio Association for Gifted Children’s Ann Sheldon said the proposed update to the seven year old standards that came out in September strips away important minimum requirements.

“So effectively, districts could do as little as serve gifted kids 15 minutes a week or take them to a play once a year and call it service,” Sheldon said.

Sheldon says she’s worried especially about gifted kids in low-income districts.

But the state school board member who asked for the draft guidelines to be prepared says they’re just a starting point with a final vote based on public input set for early next year.

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