This is the year that William Torrey Harris, superintendent of public schools for St. Louis, institutes the earliest systematic efforts in public schools to educate students who are gifted.
Lewis Terman, publishes the Stanford-Binet. It tests fluid reasoning, knowledge, quantitative reasoning, visual-spatial processing and working memory (verbally and non verbally).
Lewis Terman publishes Genetic Studies of Genius,concluding students who are gifted were:(a) qualitatively different in school,(b) slightly better physically and emotionally in comparison to normal students,(c) superior in academic subjects in comparison to the average students,(d) emotionally stable,(e) most successful when education and family values were held in high regard by the family, and(f) infinitely variable in combination with the number of traits exhibited by those in the study.This helped shape the way we currently identify gifted students today.
The National Association for Gifted Children was started, and now has affiliates in most states. The NAGC is a sub category of the Council for Exceptional Children.
The Javits Gifted and Talented Students Act passed and helped provide leadership in the field of gifted and talented education. The creation of the U.S. Office of Gifted and Talented Education meant that gifted and talented children have needs that must be addressed at a national level.
State initiatives have now have begun to require services in multiple areas of giftedness . The goal is to identify children who are gifted and talented in intellectual ability, a specific academic ability,creativity, leadership, and/or the visual and performing arts. After students have been identified, the multiple services options are examined in order to match services to needs.
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Timeline of Gifted History
Timeline Showcases important dates in the evolution of gifted education.