The Javits program is a part of the 1988 Elementary and Secondary Education Act that was reauthorized in 2001. This provides the only federal funding apportioned specifically to address the needs of gifted and talented students. The core focus of the Javits Act is to fund a significant body of scientifically based research along with demonstration projects and exploration of innovative strategies to better serve gifted learners. An overt goal of the Javits program, described in this entry, is to fundamentally change the field of gifted education through the recognition of gifts and talents in children from groups of children who have historically not been associated with giftedness. The program focuses on identifying youths who are talented and have a more difficult time accessing ...

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