Gifted Learner Program

Continuation of Gifted Services

Students identified as gifted shall receive at least five segments per week (or the yearly equivalent) of gifted education services. Cobb County sets continued participation guidelines. Probation allows for students to receive interventions when their performance in any gifted service class falls below continuation criteria. Discontinuation of service occurs when a student no longer demonstrates a need for any gifted service.

Continued Participation

Elementary School

  • Resource
    Acceptable progress in the gifted resource classroom is defined as maintaining a majority of S’s and P’s each semester. Students must also earn at least one S per standard in 7 out of 11 standards over the course of the year.

    Elementary gifted resource students will receive a Target Progress Report provided they are in attendance approximately 65% of the classes offered each semester. Quarterly feedback is provided as needed. At the end of the 4th quarter, student performance for the entire year will be reviewed. The annual review section at the bottom of the progress report will indicate services for the following year. The gifted resource teacher must notify students and their parent/guardian if data indicates probation is a possibility.

Middle School

  • Advanced Content
    Acceptable progress is determined separately for each advanced content area in which a student is served and is defined as:
    • Maintaining a grade average of 80 or higher in the advanced content class for which gifted service is provided.
    • Meeting standards on the state required competency test in the content area for which gifted service is provided.

High School

  • Advanced Content
    Acceptable progress is determined separately for each advanced content area in which student is served and is defined as:
    • · Maintaining a semester grade average of 74 or higher in the advanced content class for which gifted service is provided.

 

Probation

Elementary: When the student’s performance does not meet the Cobb County criteria for continued participation, a student may be placed on probation. The student’s probationary status remains in effect for a minimum of 18 weeks for elementary; continuation past 18 weeks requires LEC consultation. Probation may carry over from one grade to the next with the exception of school level changes (elementary resource class to middle school AC course).

Secondary: For middle school, a student’s probationary status remains in effect for a minimum of one semester; continuation past one semester or into the next school year requires LEC consultation. For high school, probation remains in effect until the end of the course. Contact ALP office for guidance as needed.

The Gifted Specialist/ALP Lead should follow these procedures:

  1. Notify the parent and student in writing of probation using the GF7E/M/H.
  2. Complete the Record of Intervention and Support (GF8E/M/H). Communicate with parent(s) and student to review student performance and to revise the intervention plan, if needed.
  3. Monitor student progress, adjust interventions, and update GF8 as needed during the grading period.
  4. Maintain and document adequate communication with parents throughout the intervention process.

At the end of each grading period in which the student is on probation, determine if:

  1. Interventions were successful for two consecutive grading periods, and probation is discontinued;
  2. Probation continues with updated interventions, if necessary (indicate on GF8), or
  3. Services are to be discontinued.
    1. Elementary – Student no longer receives service in resource class (Target).
    2. Middle & High
      • Student no longer receives service in the advanced content class in which probation occurred OR
      • Student is no longer enrolled in any advanced content classes; therefore, the student no longer receives any gifted service.

Note for elementary resource model: The LEC may place a student on probation for the following year if the student did not meet standards on a state competency test and the lack of performance can be linked to missed regular education instructional hours while in the gifted resource room. A record of intervention should be completed for any child receiving gifted services who does not meet standards on any portion of the CRCT.

 

Discontinuation of Gifted Services

  • Services may be discontinued due to student performance or by parent request.

 

Due to performance:

All levels: A student’s progress and performance during probation will determine if gifted service is discontinued. There must be documented evidence of an implemented intervention plan.

Elementary School: Gifted service must be discontinued for a minimum of 18 weeks before any reconsideration of service can occur.

Middle School: Discontinuation of service occurs only when a student no longer demonstrates a need for any advanced content class.

High School: Discontinuation of service occurs only when a student no longer demonstrates a need for any advanced content class. Gifted students not receiving gifted service through AP, Honors, gifted resource class, IB, or dual enrollment for more than two consecutive semesters must be discontinued from service.

 

Parent Request/Voluntary Discontinuation

A parent may request a student be removed from gifted service at any time by providing written notification. Gifted service in elementary resource must be discontinued for a minimum of 18 weeks before any reconsideration of service can occur, barring extenuating circumstances.

 

Re-Entry

Once identified eligible for gifted service in the state of Georgia, students are not required to re-establish gifted eligibility regardless of the length of break in service. All re-entry decisions are made on an individual basis by the Central Eligibility Committee. Local schools may not schedule a student for gifted services until written confirmation is received from the ALP office.

Breaks in service occur when:

  • A student has been removed from gifted service due to academic performance.
  • A student has been removed from gifted service due to parent request.
  • A student has a change in enrollment status (i.e. residence, private school, etc.).

Elementary students served in a resource classroom whose break in service was due to academic performance or parent request may be reconsidered after 18 weeks. Middle and High School students may request re-entry when performance indicates the need for advanced coursework. Students whose break in service was due to an enrollment change may be re-entered immediately. Academic performance during the break in service will be considered in the re-entry decision.


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