There is considerable diversity among gifted programs and program availability in the United States. This is at least in part due to the fact that there is no national mandate for gifted programming, despite the existence of the Javitts Act. Instead, decisions about gifted programming are left up to the individual states, which may then choose to allow individual counties or districts to set their own standards. This in turn creates a situation in which parents and teachers of the gifted have no ready access to information about the type of gifted programming options available in their area. Many of them seek assistance through national organizations such as the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT), which are not equipped to help them. Thus, a descriptive study of the locations of gifted programs and the age ranges they serve will be a useful resource for parents and teachers of the gifted and will lay the foundation for future research into the efficacy of gifted programming across regions and settings.

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Elizabeth A. Romey earned a Masters of Science degree in Community Counseling from Columbus State University.

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