GIFTED CHILD EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
In accordance with the policy of the board of education, a local advisory committee (which may or may not be comprised of the curriculum advisory committee) shall be established. The committee will consist of administrators, teachers, and parents with no fewer than 3 and no more than 11 members, at least one third (1/3) of whom shall be selected from a list of nominations submitted by associations whose purpose is advocacy for gifted and talented children.
The purpose of the committee is to assist in the development of the district plan for gifted child educational programs, to assist in preparation of the district report on gifted child educational programs, and to perform other advisory duties as may be requested by the board of education. A chair and vice-chair will be elected, and written records and reports shall be made by the committee. The committee will establish a regular meeting schedule sufficient to implement the program.
The committee will make available to the board of education copies of their agendas, minutes, and evaluations of the program. The committee will reorganize biennially prior to September 15. A meeting will be called by the superintendent not later than October 1 of each school year. All meetings of the committee shall be subject to the provisions of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act (70 O.S. §1210.308).
The committee will advise and assist district professional staff with the development of a plan which will include a description of the curriculum for the gifted child educational program, the criteria for evaluation of the this program, the competencies and duties of the program’s staff, number and percentage of students identified by the district as gifted children, and a budget for the district gifted child educational program.
Gifted and talented students are those students at the preschool, elementary, and secondary levels having demonstrated potential abilities of high performance capability and needing differentiated or accelerated education or services.
Identification of gifted and talented students will be identified as follows:
1. Students scoring at or above the 97th percentile on the composite score of a nationally recognized achievement test;
2. An Intelligence Quotient (IQ = Mental Age/Chronological Age) at or above 125 as determined by a standardized intelligence test such as the Otis-Lennin, WISC-R, or the Stanford Binet;
3. Through the recommendation of a teacher or counselor who has taught the student, and/or;
4. Students who have demonstrated:
A. Creative thinking ability
B. Leadership ability
C. Visual performing arts ability, and/or
GIFTED CHILD EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, REGULATIONS (Cont.)
D. Specific academic ability.
To insure due process rights for all potentially identifiable and identified gifted students, multicriteria assessments shall be used and a student will not be denied needed programming on the basis of one assessment criterion.
Procedural safeguards will include:
1. Written parental consent is required for individual evaluation.
2. Records will be kept confidential and will comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
3. Parents may request additional evaluation of their child for placement purposes. Tests must be approved by school officials and must have been administered by a psychometrist or other approved professional licensed by the state of Oklahoma.
4. Students transferring into the district will be screened when records of the student have been received from the sending school. The student will be subject to the local procedures and criteria regardless of past placement.
5. Placement will be reviewed annually by teachers, counselors, and administrators.
6. Removing a student from the gifted child educational program will be by request of the parents, student, or student’s teacher(s) after an appropriate review process is completed.
The committee will use discretion in notifying the students and parents regarding placement in the program. The regular avenues of appeal provided by school board policy will be available to parents if they choose to use them.
Some of the desired goals of this program are:
1. To develop critical thinking skills;
2. To develop problem-solving skills;
3. To develop oral and written communication skills;
4. To encourage and recognize creativity;
5. To encourage and provide opportunities for leadership development;
6. To develop and reinforce positive self concepts;
7. To provide enrichment activities to enhance the cultural and educational experiences; and
8. To encourage individuals to become life-long learners.