DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office of the Secretary
Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. Section 122(d)
902 Gifted or Talented Education Plan
A. Type of Regulatory Action Required
B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation
The Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to add 14 DE Admin. Code 902 Gifted or Talented Education Plan. This regulation is being created pursuant to 14 Del.C. §3126, which states that the extent of programs and facilities provided for children determined to be gifted or talented shall be in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Department. This regulation develops the rules and regulations relative to standards for identifying gifted or talented students, and the development, implementation and monitoring of programs for gifted or talented children.
Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before March 5, 2015 to Tina Shockley, Education Associate, Department of Education, Regulatory Review, at 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. A copy of this regulation may be viewed or obtained at the Department of Education, Finance Office located at the address listed above.
C. Impact Criteria
1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The regulation is intended to improve gifted or talented students' achievement as measured against state achievement standards.
2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The regulation is intended to continue to ensure all students receive an equitable education.
3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' health and safety are adequately protected? This regulation does not specifically address students' health and safety.
4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' legal rights are respected? The regulation continues to ensure that all student's legal rights are respected.
5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level? The regulation does not change the decision making at the local board and school level.
6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The regulation does not place any unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements on decision makers.
7. Will the decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated be placed in the same entity? The decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated does not change because of the regulation.
8. Will the amended regulation be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies? The regulation is consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies.
9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation? There is not a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation.
10. What is the cost to the State and to the local school boards of compliance with the regulation? There may be a cost to school districts and charter schools for specialized training for teachers to teach specific for gifted or talented students, but schools may also utilize existing staff if qualified to teach gifted or talented students.
902 Gifted or Talented Education Plan
The purpose of this regulation is to establish that a gifted or talented student, as identified by professionally qualified person(s), may require differentiated educational program(s) or service(s) beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to address the individual's capabilities.
"Gifted or Talented Education Plan (Plan)" means a document developed by a school district or charter school for the development, implementation and evaluation of appropriate services for gifted or talented students.
"Gifted or Talented Student" means a student in the chronological age group four (4) through the end of the school year in which the child attains the age of 21 or until receipt of a regular high school diploma, whichever occurs first, who meets the following definition of gifted or talented:
A child capable of high performance with demonstrated achievement and/or potential ability in any of the following areas, singularly or in combination:
General intellectual ability;
Specific academic aptitude;
Creative or productive thinking;
Visual and performing arts ability; or
"Relative Caregiver" means, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §202 (f)(1), an adult who, by blood, marriage or adoption, is the child's great grandparent, grandparent, step grandparent, great aunt, aunt, step aunt, great uncle, uncle, step uncle, step parent, brother, sister, step brother, step sister, half brother, half sister, niece, nephew, first cousin or first cousin once removed but who does not have legal custody or legal guardianship of the student.
3.1 Each school district or charter school shall have a Plan for educational services for identified gifted or talented students. The Plan, at a minimum, shall:
3.1.1 Outline goals and specific outcomes;
3.1.2 Provide for a communication process, which shall include procedures to inform parent(s), guardian(s) or Relative Caregiver(s) of a student's participation in the gifted or talented education program;
3.1.3 Establish procedures for requiring each teacher assigned to teach gifted or talented students to be certified in gifted and talented education in accordance with the applicable Professional Standards Board regulation.
3.1.4 Provide the process for identification of gifted or talented students;
3.1.5 Be developed with input from various stakeholder groups including parents;
3.1.6 Outline an identification process that ensures all students have an equal opportunity to be identified and participate in the program;
3.1.7 Establish procedures for consideration of the identification and placement of a student who was identified as gifted or talented in the school district or charter school from which the student transferred; and
3.1.8 Provide for an evaluation of the Gifted or Talented Education Plan provided for its gifted or talented students.
3.2 The Plan shall be provided to the Department of Education by July 15, 2015 for implementation no later than the 2015-2016 school year, and each year thereafter. A school district or charter school may request an extension for implementation to occur no later than the 2016-2017 school year;
3.3 Each Plan shall be reviewed by the Department of Education for compliance with this regulation, and any substantive changes to the Plan shall be provided for review for compliance with this regulation.
3.4 The Department of Education shall periodically review the Plan for compliance.
The Department of Education shall maintain a resource guide of best practices, on its website, that a school district or charter school may use in the development and implementation of its Plan.