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The Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act of 1988 is the federal education act for gifted and talented education. The Javits Act, which was named after Senator Jacob Javits of New York for his role in promoting gifted education, defines talented and gifted students as those who give evidence of high performance capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity or in specific academic fields. This entry looks at the legislation and its adequacy.

Legislation for the Gifted

Even before the Javits Act was officially enacted, the federal government was involved in gifted and talented education. In 1969, Congress dedicated an office to support gifted education. In 1972, after the publication of the Marland Report, a national report to Congress regarding ...

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