Parent View: The DPS Achievement Gap

Hello, my name is Ana and I am a proud parent in Denver Public Schools and a TEN Parent Fellow. I also have watched generations of my family come through DPS, I myself am a graduate of Denver South High School in 2004.

In the 2015-2016 school year, my daughter was going to a school that was too easy for her. I was told that she was a behavior problem, which I knew just meant that she was bored and not being challenged enough. As a parent who has learned how to advocate, I advocated that she be tested for her eligibility in the gifted and talented program.

This year and last year, my daughter was selected to be a part of a gifted and talented program- I am very proud of her, she has been the most curious, enthusiastic learner through her whole school career. When she got to school there, I noticed very quickly that she is one of 4 Latino students and 2 Black students at her school, which is a school for gifted and talented students. I asked some of my friends who send their students to school on the East side whether their students had done gifted and talented testing and all of them said they didn’t even know what that was.