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
Amendment to Existing Regulation
B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation
Pursuant to 14 Del.C. §3126, the Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 902 Gifted or Talented Education Plan. This regulation is being amended to clarify the implementation process, make minor clarifications and to comply with 29 Del.C. §10407 which requires regulations to be reviewed on a recurring basis every four years.
Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before November 4, 2019 to the Department of Education, Office of the Secretary, Attn: Regulation Review, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901 or email to DOEregulations.email@example.com. A copy of this regulation may be viewed online at the Registrar of Regulation's website, http://regulations.delaware.gov/services/current_issue.shtml or obtained at the Department of Education’s Office of the Secretary, located at the address above.
C. Impact Criteria
1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The amended regulation intends to help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards by clarifying the implementation of gifted or talented education plans.
2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The amended regulation continues to help ensure all students receive an equitable education.
3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ health and safety are adequately protected? The amended regulation does not address students’ health and safety.
4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ legal rights are respected? The amended regulation continues to help 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 amended 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 amended 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 amended regulation does not change the decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated.
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 amended 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 no 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 is no expected cost to implementing this amended regulation.
902 Gifted or Talented Education Plan
The purpose of this regulation is to establish that a gifted or talented student, as identified by a professionally qualified person(s) person or persons, may require differentiated educational program(s) or service(s) programs or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to address the individual's capabilities.
"Gifted or Talented Education Plan (Plan)" or “Plan” means a Delaware Department of Education approved document developed created by a school district for the development, implementation, and evaluation of an identification process and 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, child enrolled in a Delaware public school who has been identified by a professionally qualified person(s) person or persons as meeting 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)(2), 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 shall have a Plan which, at a minimum, shall:
3.1.1 Outline goals and specific outcomes;
3.1.2 Be developed with input from various stakeholder groups including parents;
3.1.3 Provide the process for identification of gifted or talented students by professionally qualified persons;
3.1.4 Outline an identification process that ensures all students have an equal opportunity to be identified and participate in the program;
3.1.5 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;
3.1.6 Establish procedures for requiring that, at a minimum, each teacher assigned to teach a student identified as gifted or talented be certified in accordance with the applicable Professional Standards Board regulations.
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 from which the student transferred; and
3.1.8 Provide for an evaluation of the Plan provided for its gifted or talented students.
3.2 The Plan should be provided to the Department of Education by July 1, 2016 for implementation beginning no later than August 1, 2017 Implementation of the gifted or talented programs and services shall be aligned to the Plan.
4.1 The Department of Education shall maintain a resource guide of best practices, on its website, that a school district may use in the development and implementation of its Plan.
4.2 Each Plan shall be reviewed periodically, but not less than every five years, 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.