Policy 3525

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The board is committed to an educational program that recognizes the unique talents and needs of academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) students. AIG students perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. These students exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both intellectual areas and specific academic fields. Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

AIG students require differentiated educational. The Chatham County Schools AIG program is based on a rigorous, challenging curriculum that provides academic and intellectual depth for students who need instructional differentiation. The program focuses on active learning, creativity, and academic rigor in an attempt to meet the needs of AIG students.

The superintendent or designee shall develop a plan to identify each AIG student attending Chatham County Schools and to provide appropriate educational services to such students. Services options may include differentiation in the regular education setting, enrichment sessions with an AIG specialist, grouping by subject or interests, honors and AP courses or other strategies deemed appropriate. The plan will be presented to the board for review and approval. Each plan approved by the board will remain in place for a maximum of three years.

The superintendent or designee will be responsible for recommending new or revised plans to the Board. In developing or revising plans, the superintendent or designee should consult with the curriculum directors, instructional personnel, parents or guardians, community representatives and other appropriate persons.

The plan shall include the following components:

  1. Screening, identification, and placement procedures that allow for the identification of specific educational needs and for the assignment of AIG students to appropriate services.
  2. A clear statement of the program to be offered that includes different types of services provided in a variety of settings to meet the diversity of identified AIG students.
  3. Measurable objectives for the various services that align with core curriculum and a method to evaluate the plan and the services offered. The evaluation shall focus on improved student performance.
  4. Professional development clearly matched to the goals and objectives of the plan, the needs of the staff providing services to AIG students, the services offered, and the curricular modifications.
  5. The name and role description of the person responsible for implementation of the plan.
  6. A plan to involve the school community, parents or guardians, and representatives of the local community in the ongoing implementation of the plan, the monitoring of the plan, and the integration of services for AIG students into the overall school program.
  7. A procedure to resolve disagreement between parents or guardians and Chatham County Schools when a child is not identified as AIG or concerning the appropriateness of services offered to an AIG student.
  8. Any other information the local board considers necessary or appropriate to implement this policy or to improve the educational performances of AIG students.

Any plan developed or revised and approved by the board under this policy will be submitted to the State Board of Education for comments before implementation.

Legal References: G.S. 115C-150.7

Cross References: Goals and Objectives of the Educational Program (policy 3000), Curriculum Development (policy 3100)

Adopted: November 26, 2007

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