Counted Out

North Carolina's public schools are failing to help thousands of low-income children who have shown they are smart enough to handle advanced work. An unprecedented analysis of seven years of state data shows that a far larger proportion of more affluent students are selected for gifted classes over their low-income peers with the same end-of-grade test scores.

Why have thousands of low-income, high-achieving NC students been excluded from advanced classes?

North Carolina records show that bright children from low-income families are being excluded from more challenging classes at a much higher rate than their more affluent classmates.

Raleigh mother battles school officials to keep 8th-grade son on the road to college

Wake County school officials repeatedly doubted Christian Bell’s ability to do advanced work, even though he scored above grade level. His experience is not uncommon.

5 ways to help bright low-income students excel

Experts offer these and other ideas to counter disparities in how high- and low-income students are treated when they are scoring above grade level.