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Asian students over-represented in LAUSD gifted programs

LA School Report | April 28, 2015

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By Annie Gilbertson | KPCC

One in three Asian students is labeled as gifted by his or her school, according to data released by the Los Angeles Unified School District for a school board committee meeting scheduled today.

The latest numbers again raise questions about the over- and under-representation of ethnic groups in the district’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs, which can set a student on a path into the most sought-after schools and colleges.

In breakdowns of the overall GATE enrollment, the racial division is stark:

  • Asian students are 150 percent overrepresented based on enrollment estimates of all Asian students in L.A. Unified.
  • White students are 60 percent overrepresented compared to their estimated numbers.
  • Latino students are 15 percent underrepresented based on their estimated enrollment.
  • Black students are 30 percent underrepresented compared to their estimated enrollment.

White and Asian students aren’t innately smarter than their black and brown peers, experts say.

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