This project will study enrollees in elementary school gifted and talented (G&T) programs, and follow the educational outcomes of this group through high school. Racial diversity of G&T programs is a persistent concern, as Black and Hispanic students make up less than 25% of the NYC G&T population despite making up 70% of NYC’s student population. The research team will therefore pay particular attention to the effects of programs on racial minorities and study policies that aim to increase program diversity.
To understand causal effects of G&T programs, the team will consider impacts on a range of educational outcomes: enrollment in selective middle schools and high schools, advanced coursework, and standardized test scores. All outcomes are available in academic administrative files provided by NYCDOE. To further understand any effects on future school attendance, we will decompose effects into impacts on preferences and impacts on admissions exam scores. These outcomes are available in NYCDOE application files.