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Gifted And Talented Student Program   

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Definitions

The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program in the Chawanakee Unified School District may offer classes and programs for gifted and talented students that meet or exceed all state standards. We recognize that gifted students possess unique abilities and talents as individual as each student. The district's GATE program is designed to meet those individual needs and encourage social, emotional and intellectual development.

In keeping with our belief that all children should be challenged to meet their full potential, Chawanakee Unified School District commits to serving those students who have the potential to be gifted and talented in the full range of academic pursuits regardless of racial, ethnic, cultural or socioeconomic subgroups.

Chawanakee Unified School District supports the National Association of Gifted Children's definition of gifted and talented students as "Children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or sow potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment."

All classes and programs may be taught by qualified staff members; special programs may be advised by qualified parents, community members, or experts in the given field. All classes and program comply with state funding laws.

Program Coordinator

The Superintendent or designee shall appoint a district coordinator for the gifted and talented education (GATE) program who has demonstrated experience and knowledge in gifted education and/or has opportunities to gain or continue such experience and knowledge.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

Responsibilities of the district's GATE coordinator shall include program development and implementation, identification procedures, fiscal management, and the collection of auditable records for evaluation. (Education Code 52212)

The Superintendent or designee also may appoint a GATE coordinator at each school site who shall be responsible for implementation of program services at that school site.

Program Plan

The Superintendent or designee shall develop a written plan which describes the differentiated curricula for the program and the methods used to examine the appropriateness of participating students' total educational experience. The plan shall include the components specified in 5 CCR 3831. (5 CCR 3831)

Whenever a school's GATE program is incorporated into School-Based Program Coordination, its school site council shall address the needs of GATE students within the school's single plan for student achievement. (Education Code 52853, 64001)

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

(cf. 0420.1 - School-Based Program Coordination)

Identification of Gifted and Talented Students

The Superintendent or designee shall design methods to seek out and identify gifted and talented students from varying linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds whose extraordinary capacities require special services and programs. (5 CCR 3820)

Students may be recommended for the GATE program by administrators, teachers, counselors, other staff, or parents/guardians. Parent/guardian consent shall be obtained before administering any assessments for the sole purpose of identifying students for this program.

Students shall be selected for the program based on their demonstrated or potential ability for high performance in categories identified by the Board, as evidenced by any of the following indicators: (5 CCR 3823)

1. School, class, and individual student records

2. Individual tests, including summary and evaluation by a credentialed school psychologist

3. Group tests

4. Interviews and questionnaires of teachers, parents/guardians, and others

5. Student products

6. Opinions of professional persons

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

Final determination of a student's eligibility shall be made by the Superintendent or designee. (5 CCR 3824)

The Superintendent or designee shall base his/her decision upon the evaluation of pertinent evidence by the principal or designee, a classroom teacher familiar with the student's work, and, when appropriate, a credentialed school psychologist. An individual recognized as an expert in the gifted and talented category under consideration, and/or an individual who has in-depth understanding of the student's linguistic or cultural group, shall participate in the evaluation of the evidence unless there is no doubt as to the student's eligibility. These persons may review screening, identification, and placement data in serial order and shall be required to meet only as necessary to resolve any differences in assessment and recommendations. (5 CCR 3824)

In reviewing evidence of a student's abilities, the Superintendent or designee also shall consider the economic, linguistic, and cultural characteristics of the student's background and, when appropriate, studies of the factors contributing to the student's underachievement, including handicapping or disadvantaged conditions. (5 CCR 3823)

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 6174 - Education for English Language Learners)

Prior to a student's participation in the program, the Superintendent or designee shall obtain written consent from the student's parent/guardian. (5 CCR 3831)

If the Superintendent or designee determines that a student is not eligible, the student's parent/guardian may appeal the decision. The Superintendent or designee may use a committee, including the district's GATE coordinator and certificated personnel, to review the student's evidence and determine whether the initial identification decision should be reversed.

The Superintendent or designee shall consider identifying for the district's GATE program any student who has transferred from another district in which he/she was identified as a GATE student. (Education Code 52202; 5 CCR 3831)

Because students who do not initially meet district criteria for the GATE program may become eligible at a later grade level, the district may re-examine student eligibility whenever the district receives a referral through the process noted above or the Superintendent or designee determines it to be in the student's best interest.

Once identified as a GATE student, a student shall remain eligible even though services provided to the student may change.

Regulation CHAWANAKEE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: June 10, 2003 North Fork, California

revised: March 2006

revised: August 11, 2010