Talent Act

TALENT ACT:  S.512 & H.R. 2338

NAGC is pleased to say that the TALENT Act (“To Aid Gifted and High-Ability Learners by Empowering the Nation’s Teachers Act”) has been introduced in both houses of  the U.S. Congress.  In March, Senators Grassley (Iowa), Casey (PA) and Mikulski (MD) introduced S.512  and in June Rep. Polis (CO-2) and In Latham (Iowa-3) introduced H.R. 2338.  The  TALENT Act would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), to support high-ability and high achieving students.  The bill focuses on 4 key areas:

  1. Change The Assessment And Increase Public Transparency  to ensure that schools can pinpoint the level at which students have mastered state standards and by reporting the students who perform at the advanced levels, disaggregated by subpopulations, on state report cards
  2. Emphasize Classroom Practice And Educator Preparation through professional development for all teachers and other school personnel so that more educators are able to identify and meet the needs of gifted students, and by requiring states and districts to include gifted students in their plans for use of federal Title II funds
  3. Focus On Underserved Populations And Confronting The National Excellence Gap, by including gifted students and high-ability students not formally identified for gifted education services in state and district plans for Title I funds, by allowing federal rural school funds to be used for teacher training in gifted education pedagogy, and by reporting on the achievement gaps at the advanced level between student subpopulations
  4. Continue Research And Dissemination Of Best Practices in gifted education to support effective teaching and learning for gifted students.

Click here for more information about the legislation.