Students may be nominated for the gifted and talented program at any time by teachers, counselors, parents, or other interested persons.
Criteria to identify gifted and talented students shall be established in the Board-approved program for the gifted and talented. The criteria shall be specific to the state definition of gifted and talented and shall ensure the fair assessment of students with special needs, such as the culturally different, the economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities.
Written parental consent shall be obtained before any special testing or individual assessment is conducted as part of the screening and identification process. All student information collected during the screening and identification process shall be an educational record, subject to the protections set out in policies at FL.
An identification committee shall evaluate each nominated student according to the established criteria and shall identify those students for whom gifted program placement is the most appropriate educational setting. The committee shall be composed of at least three professional educators who have received thirty hours of gifted and talented training and are current with the six-hour of updated training required by law.
Data collected through both objective and subjective assessments shall be measured against the criteria approved by the Board to determine individual eligibility for the program. Assessment tools may include but not be limited to the following: achievement tests, intelligence tests, behavioral checklists completed by teachers and parents, teacher nominations based on classroom observations, student/parent conferences, and student work products, if available.
Parents and students shall be notified in writing upon identification of the student for the gifted services. Participation in any program or services provided for gifted students is voluntary. The District shall obtain written permission of the student and the parents before a student is placed in a gifted program.
The District shall reassess students to determine appropriate program placement in elementary, middle, or high school if student performance indicates gifted program placement may not be the most appropriate educational setting.
When a student identified as gifted by a previous school district transfers into the District, the student’s records shall be reviewed by the selection committee to determine if placement in the District’s program for gifted/talented students is appropriate.
The committee shall make its determination within 30 days of the student’s enrollment in the District and shall base its decision on the transferred records, observation reports of District teachers who instruct the student, and student and parent conferences.
Students who are unable to maintain satisfactory performance within the structure of the gifted and talented program may be placed on furlough by the selection committee. The purpose of such a furlough is to provide the student an opportunity to attain performance goals established by the identification committee. A furlough also may be granted at the request of the student and/or parent.
A student may be furloughed for a period of time deemed appropriate by the identification committee. At the end of the furlough, the student’s progress shall be reassessed, and the student may reenter the gifted program, be removed from the program, or be placed on another furlough.
Student performance in the program shall be monitored. A student shall be removed from the program at any time the identification committee determines it is in the student’s best interest. If a student or parent requests removal from the program, the identification committee shall meet with the parent and student before honoring the request.
Parents or students may appeal any final decision of the identification committee regarding identification for or removal from the gifted program. Appeals shall be made first to the director of advanced studies. Any subsequent appeals shall be made in accordance with FNG(LOCAL) beginning at Level Two.
The gifted program shall be evaluated periodically, and evaluation information shall be shared with Board members, administrators, teachers, counselors, students in the gifted and talented program, and the community.
The District shall ensure that information about the District’s gifted and talented program is available to parents and community members and that they have an opportunity to develop an understanding of and support for the program.