Gifted and Learning Disabled Students Left Out of Gifted Programs, New Study Shows
Gifted and Learning Disabled Students Left Out of Gifted Programs, New Study Shows
PUBLISHED: Monday, March 31, 2014 by Lacy Compton

A new study from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and reported on by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) shows that gifted students with learning disabilities (often referred to as twice-exceptional or 2E students) are "shut out of gifted and AP programs, held back in grade level and suspended from school at higher rates than other students." 

The NCLD article breaks down the data from the DOE to show that only 1% of students who receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act also received gifted education services, compared to 7% of general education students. The study showed that these students comprised only 2% of the population taking AP courses.

Fueled by the results of the study, researcher Daniel B. Peters shared his perspective on the struggles 2E kids face when trying to get into gifted programs and offered advice for both educators and parents to help change the way the needs of gifted students with learning disabilities are met, including their inclusion in gifted programs.

If this study and Peters's article is of interest to you, consider picking up the newest version of our book Smart Kids With Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential, which offers tons of practical ideas for helping 2E kids find success in school and beyond.