Study: Black students more likely to be identified as gifted if teachers are black

A study co-authored by School of Public and Environmental Affairs associate professors Jill Nicholson-Crotty and Sean Nicholson-Crotty found that African-American children are three times as likely to be placed in gifted-education programs if they have a black teacher than a white teacher.


Sean Nicholson-Crotty

The researchers also found that black students were 54 percent less likely than white students to be be identified as eligible for gifted-education services after adjusting for the students’ previous scores on standardized tests, demographic factors, and school and teacher characteristics.

IU Communications worked with the researchers to produce a news release describing the study and distributed the release on May 10, leading to stories in national, regional and local news media.

Coverage included:

The USA Today story appeared in the newspaper’s nation-world section, which is included in numerous Gannett Co. publications across the U.S. along with non-Gannett newspapers such as the Bloomington Herald-Times.

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