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A new report finds few states provide adequate and reliable funding for gifted and talented educational programs. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.

The report by University of Connecticut researcher Del Siegle was released by the National Association for Gifted Children in Washington. During the past several years, America has been focused on improving test scores for low-performing students.

Siegle says services for gifted learners have been squeezed out. Only two cents out of every 100 federal education dollars go to programs for gifted students. States and local districts pick up the tab, and the result is an uneven patchwork of services.

Six states fully-fund gifted education.Thirteen states provide no funding at all. The report calls for a comprehensive, national policy to support gifted and talented education. More than 9,000 students were identified as gifted in Connecticut in 2006. The state provided $100,000. Connecticut requires schools to identify gifted and talented learners but doesn’t require that they receive special educational services.

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.