The Davis School District has been chosen as one of 150 nationwide to participate in the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented.

The center, located at the University of Connecticut, was established by Congress in 1988 to help schools build programs to meet educational needs of gifted students.A priority for the center is to identify gifted students among culturally or economically disadvantaged groups who may not be identified as gifted through traditional means.

The Davis district will cooperate with 150 other districts, 40 state departments of education and researchers at Yale University, the University of Georgia and the University of Virginia.

Under the direction of Gail Bock, the Davis district's Gifted and Talented Program began in 1984 and now serves more than 11,500 students at 33 schools, grades K-9, said superintendent Rich Kendell.