What is it about?

In this study we examined how changes in Texas state law impacted enrollment in gifted programs. We saw that when accountability measures were stronger that gifted programs had more students in them. When accountability measures were removed, enrollment in gifted programs dropped.

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Why is it important?

This study provided evidence that state policies can have major changes on the size and strength of gifted programs in public schools. This can provide important information to gifted education advocates as they work to improve the education of all children.


This article is a continuation of an article I wrote as a graduate student in which my professor and I examined the impact on gifted programs of a change in law in Texas. By happy accident, the law changed again immediately thereafter, which created a natural ABA single subject design.

Dr Russell T. Warne
Independent Scholar

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This page is a summary of: A Single Case Study of the Impact of Policy Changes on Identification for Gifted Programs, journal for the education of the gifted, February 2016, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0162353215624159.
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