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Happy Valley ESD (Santa Cruz) |  AR  6172  Instruction

Gifted And Talented Student Program   

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Program Coordinator

The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall appoint a district coordinator who has demonstrated experience and knowledge in gifted education to oversee implementation of the district's gifted and talented education (GATE) program, including student identification procedures, recordkeeping, and other duties as assigned.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

Identification of Gifted and Talented Students

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 or for placing a student in the program.

The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall select students for the program based on their demonstrated or potential ability for high performance in categories identified by the Board of Trustees, as evidenced by any of the following indicators:

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 portfolios

6. Opinions of professional persons

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

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall base selection decisions upon the evaluation of pertinent evidence by a classroom teacher familiar with the student's work and when appropriate, a credentialed school psychologist and/or other expert. These persons may review screening, identification, and placement data and shall meet when necessary to resolve any differences in assessment and recommendations. In reviewing evidence of a student's abilities, the Superintendent/Principal or designee also shall consider the economic, linguistic, and cultural characteristics of the student's background.

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

(cf. 6174 - Education for English Language Learners)

A student who transfers into the district shall be considered for the GATE program if he/she was identified as a gifted and talented student in his/her previous district or school or is recommended for the program. The Superintendent/Principal or designee may verify that the GATE program would be an appropriate placement for the student by examining evidence of the student's abilities based on any of the indicators listed above.

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 or the Superintendent/Principal or designee determines it to be in the student's best interest.


approved: October 8, 2014 Santa Cruz, California