COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
July 30, 2010
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
On May 27, 2010, the Virginia Board of Education adopted revised Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students (8 VAC 20-40-10 et. seq.). These revisions were made in order to strengthen the regulations and to bring them into conformity with best practices in gifted education. The Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students (Attachment A) will become effective for school divisions beginning in the 2010-2011 school year. The Regulations are available for use in planning and developing a local plan for the education of gifted students. Divisions not currently in compliance with the revised regulations are expected to have changes to their local plan in place for the 2012-2013 school year.
Among the new revisions is the requirement that local school boards must approve their division’s local plan for the education of gifted students. Upon approval, the school board shall submit a copy of its plan to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for technical review on a schedule determined by the VDOE (Attachment B).
For further information, please contact Dr. Donna L. Poland, specialist for governor’s schools and gifted education, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Donna.Poland@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2884.