One group of children has received little to no attention as a result of the focus on struggling students: gifted children.
A group of 27 states mandate that schools provide programs or services to gifted children. Michigan is not among that group.
Nor is Michigan among the 32 states that have a mandate to identify children who are gifted, or among the five states that provide funding for gifted education even without a mandate to identify or serve those kids. Michigan is one of nine states -- along with Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, South Dakota and Vermont -- where state education agencies offer no gifted education funding or services. Washington D.C. also does not offer any gifted services or funding.