PA gifted programs get mixed marks from parents

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 10, 2013 4:14 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A new legislative report in Pennsylvania says more than half the parents responding to a survey are satisfied with the gifted education services their children get, but 38 percent aren't satisfied.

The state Legislative Budget and Finance Committee says 4.3 percent of Pennsylvania public school students are classified as gifted, which is in line with national figures.

The report says 53 percent of more than 4,000 parents surveyed say they're satisfied with gifted services.

Those who aren't often feel there aren't enough hours of specialized instruction.

The state's school districts together spend about  $110 million annually on gifted education services.

The report recommends the state consider developing a program certification for teachers in gifted education.

Gifted students have outstanding intellectual and creative ability and require instruction not normally available.

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