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ED Releases Report on ELs in Gifted and Talented Programs
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Dear colleagues,


We wanted to let you know that last week the Department’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) released a report on the identification of English learners (ELs) in gifted and talented programs. The study, commissioned by OELA, was conducted by the National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE). The NCRGE research team implemented a large-scale study in three states with mandates for identifying and serving gifted and talented students. All of this was done under a grant from the Department’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES).


You can find the full report at this link: 


You can also find a tip sheet with 15 Tips for Improving Identification of Gifted EL Students at this link:




Patrick Rooney

Office of State Support

About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support. Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college and career ready standards. Mr. Rooney previously worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.