P. O. BOX 2120
September 25, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
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.


  Attachment:     A hard copy of this memo and its
  attachments will be sent to the superintendent's office.