The request for gifted education teachers is $36.6 million dollars to pay salaries and costs for 829 teachers. That's an increase of $4.3 million that would be used to fund an extra 96 gifted education teachers.
The state changed the criteria for placing Mississippi children in gifted education classes so that a child's IQ test score, not scores from standardized achievement tests or classroom grades, is now the only measure taken.
The change was made in an effort to enroll more culturally diverse students in gifted classes.
Intelligence quotient scores measure the potential of the students. Students don't always live up to their potential, as sometimes shown by their achievement test scores and grades earned in class.