Is Gifted Education a Bright Idea? Assessing the Impact of Gifted and Talented Programs on Students

@article{Bui2014IsGE,
  title={Is Gifted Education a Bright Idea? Assessing the Impact of Gifted and Talented Programs on Students},
  author={Sa A. Bui and Steven G. Craig and Scott A. Imberman},
  journal={American Economic Journal: Economic Policy},
  year={2014},
  volume={6},
  pages={30-62}
}
In this paper we determine how the receipt of gifted and talented (GT) services affects student outcomes. We identify the causal relationship by exploiting a discontinuity in eligibility requirements and find that for students on the margin there is no discernable impact on achievement even though peers improve substantially. We then use randomized lotteries to examine the impact of attending a GT magnet program relative to GT programs in other schools and find that, despite being exposed to… 

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