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The importance of ensuring that talented and gifted students’ needs are being met in the general education classroom is essential to not only their future, but also society’s future. Gifted students tend to be left in the shadows of high-stakes testing and the rest of their classmates’ needs due to a lack of understanding, in terms of their unique set of social emotional and academic needs. Differentiation is a necessity to ensure their needs are being met and these bright students are being push to the edge of their abilities. This literature review will focus on the importance of differentiation and discuss research-based strategies to be used in the classroom.

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