SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 136
September 25, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||House Bill 1289 Addressing Gifted Education|
The 1998 General Assembly passed legislation adding 22.1-18.1 to the Virginia Code addressing gifted education (attached, House Bill 1289). Essentially, that bill places into law the following key provisions from the Board of Education's Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students: Each local school board shall submit the annual report, "Programs for Gifted Education," to the Department of Education [8 VAC 20-40-60 A.]. The local advisory committee on gifted education shall review annually the local plan for the education of gifted students, including revisions, and determine the extent to which the plan for the previous year was implemented. The recommendations of the advisory committee shall be submitted in writing through the division superintendent to the school board [8 VAC 20-40-60 B.]. The following provisions have also been added: A school board shall require compliance with Board regulations governing gifted education relative to the use of multiple criteria for the identification of gifted students. With such funds as may be appropriated for this purpose, the Department of Education shall conduct an annual review of all local gifted education programs, on such date as it may determine, to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations governing gifted education. The Department may conduct the review as an on-site observation or require certification of compliance from the division superintendent [Note: Funds have not yet been appropriated for this purpose]. If you have any questions regarding this information, you should contact Dr. James Heywood, Director of Elementary/Middle School Education, at (804) 225-3488. PDS/dta/jc Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments will be sent to the superintendent's office.