331R - Gifted Education
Academic and visual arts programs for students eligible for gifted services require challenging learning experiences that extend, enhance, and/or accelerate core-educational programs and promote greater degrees of complex and abstract thinking. Education for the gifted is viewed as a collaborative endeavor recognized, facilitated, and realized by the efforts of numerous individuals in the schools and community. The school division shall endeavor to provide educational programs and/or differentiated instruction to meet the unique needs of gifted learners.
- Screening, Referral, Identification and Service
Uniform procedures shall be developed for screening, referring, identifying, and serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade who are gifted in general intellectual aptitude and students in grades three through eight for visual arts. No single criterion may be used to determine a student’s eligibility, as provided for in Virginia Board of Education Regulation. Students identified as gifted shall be afforded service options appropriate for their identified need. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to be screened, referred, identified and receive academic services. Students in grades three through eight are eligible to be screened, referred, identified and receive visual arts services.
Students seeking to enroll in school-year or summer programs for academically-talented individuals shall also meet requirements established for admission to those programs.
- Parent or Guardian Notification
Written notification to and written consent from the parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) will be required prior to conducting any assessment(s) necessary to determine a referred student’s eligibility for the division’s gifted education programs. Written consent for an identified gifted student to receive services in the division’s gifted education programs shall also be required. The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may withdraw an eligible child from receiving gifted services by providing written notice to the identified student’s building principal or designee.
- Non-discrimination in Individual Evaluation for Gifted Services
As required by Virginia Board of Education Regulation, identification of students for the division’s gifted education program shall be based on multiple criteria established by the school division and designed to seek out those students with superior aptitude(s), including students for whom accurate identification may be affected because they are economically disadvantaged, have limited English proficiency, or have a disability.
- Parent and Community Involvement
The School Board may establish a local advisory committee composed of parents, school personnel, and other community members appointed by the School Board. Committee membership will reflect the demographic composition of the division's community. The committee will annually review the division’s plan for the education of gifted students, including revisions, and determine the extent to which the plan for the previous year was implemented. The findings of the annual program effectiveness and the recommendations of the committee will be submitted annually in writing to the Superintendent and the School Board.
- Services for Students Identified as Gifted
Students in grades kindergarten through 12 shall have access to appropriate differentiated learning opportunities. Students also shall have access to academic and guidance counseling that addresses the unique characteristics of gifted learners.
Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended Section(s) 22.1-18.1, 22.1-253.13:1.D.6
8VAC 20-40-10, et. Seq
Policy 608P, Community Relations- Advisory Program Committees
Adopted: May 23, 2013