Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Heather Gallivan, Honors Thesis Advisor, Department of Mathematics


A gifted education program is present in most public schools throughout the country. The goal of these programs is to challenge academically advanced students more than they would be in a general education course. However, there are disparities within all types of gifted education; these disparities span race, socioeconomic status, gender. In this study, the focus was on the inequity present in gifted education and look at the admission processes that are used to identify and therefore serve gifted youth. I will look into policies in place in 15 states to find similarities and differences. The purpose of this study is to determine how admissions processes impact the demographic data of who is placed in gifted education. Using a study done by Gentry and colleagues (2016), I completed some statistical analyses to determine the influence the policies on access to GE had on equitable identification of students for gifted education. I found that policies and regulations have little influence on minority students being proportionally represented in gifted programs.

Year of Submission



Department of Mathematics

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


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