School divisions are required to identify gifted K-12 students and provide instructional services to meet their needs. The Virginia Board of Education adopted the Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students (PDF), which outline the requirements that school divisions need to include in their local plan for gifted education. Each school board approves a comprehensive plan for the education of gifted students that includes the components identified by the regulations. In addition, school divisions are required to submit a copy of their approved plan at the time of the VDOE’s request for a technical review.
Information related to gifted education services is reported annually to the Virginia Department of Education by each school division. The information is combined to produce a statewide annual report which includes student demographics, program service options, and gifted education teacher or program administrator data.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Gifted Education
- Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted
Division school boards are required by 8 VAC 20-40-60A to approve a comprehensive Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted that includes the components identified in the regulations. The following documents are currently under revision to reflect changes made in the regulations. These linked documents do not yet reflect regulation changes.
- Format for Gifted Local Plan (Word) – template revised November 2012
- Reference Guide for the Development and Review of Local Plans for the Education of the Gifted (PDF) – new guide August 2011
- Technical Review of Local Gifted Education Plan (PDF) – new guide June 2013
- Local School Division Gifted Education Coordinators (PDF)
- Virginia Advisory Committee for the Education of the Gifted (VACEG)
- Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students (PDF)
- Understanding the Virginia Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students (PDF)
- Local School Boards: Roles and Responsibilities in Gifted Programs (PDF)
- Roles and Responsibilities of Local Gifted Education Advisory Committees (PDF)
- Supporting the Identification and Achievement of Twice-Exceptional Students
- Navigating Gifted Education and Governor’s School Programs as a Military Transfer Student Briefing (PDF)
- Educational Opportunities for Gifted Students at the High School Level (PDF) –new guide July 2013
Project PROMISE - Federal Javits Grant (2004-2008)
Project PROMISE was a collaborative and integrated model for teaching and learning in the primary grades (K-3) to enhance instructional flexibility, develop science curriculum, and improve the identification of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds for gifted education services. More about Project PROMISE.
- Center for Gifted Education, College of William and Mary
- Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University
- Connecting Young Thinkers Around the World, Johns Hopkins University
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Davidson Institute for Talent Development
- National Association for Gifted Children
- National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools in Mathematics, Science, and Technology
- Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted
- Virginia Association for the Gifted
- World Council for Gifted Children
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