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In the Hartford Public Schools in the 1960's they had a gifted program that started in the 5th grade based on testing they did in the 4th grade. I think it was funded by the Sputnik hysteria when the USA was afraid of falling behind the Russians. Both my brother and I were placed in the program.

It was a special class with 10-12 students vs. the three classes of 30-35 students for the regular kids in the 5th grade. This arrangement lasted for two years until too many parents complained that the "smart kids" were getting too much attention & resources.

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