Gifted Education Policies

POLICY IHF-2
GIFTED EDUCATION

Gifted students are those who perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment.  These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program.  Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

A student may be referred by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student's abilities.  Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.

 For each student referred, information is gathered in the following three areas

  1. Aptitude: Assessed through an individual or group test of intelligence or creativity.
  2. Characteristics: A behavior rating scale designed to assess gifted behaviors is completed by a classroom teacher.
  3. Performance: At least three indicators of performance at a gifted level such as achievement test scores, grades, products, work samples, and/or portfolios.

    The scores from the assessments/items used are entered on a matrix where points are assigned if the student qualifies for gifted services.

Accommodations in the regular classroom must be provided for the times that gifted students are in pull-out classes.  The accommodations form must be completed if the following accommodations are not made:

  1. Student will not be required to make up missed class work,
  2. If new material is introduced, student will be instructed by peer or teacher in a small group or one-on-one setting,
  3. If tests are administered, student will take the test when he/she returns to the classroom or at a mutually agreed upon time.

     For more information contact Special Education Director, Limestone County Schools Central Office, 232-5353.

SOURCE:             Limestone County Schools, Athens, Alabama 35611
LEGAL REF:          Alabama Administrative Code, 290-8-9-.13
ADOPTED:           February 6, 2006 (Emergency passage)
ADOPTED:           April 3, 2006 (Formal passage)

POLICY IHF-3
GIFTED EDUCATION ACCELERATION POLICY

The Limestone County School System believes in the philosophy of assisting all students in developing their academic potential.  Where potential is concerned, equality resides in providing equally well for the various levels of individual differences.  Some of the most cost effective and underutilized interventions to meet the academic needs of high-end learners are the various academic acceleration options such as differentiation, subject acceleration, and grade acceleration.  The Alabama Exceptional Child Education Act (Act 106) mandates that, "...the State of Alabama and the school district associated therewith shall provide not less than twelve years of appropriate instruction and related services for such exceptional children at public expense..." and for gifted students that includes the right to progress through course of study objectives at a pace commensurate with their abilities. 

The Limestone County School System will follow the State of Alabama guidelines and procedures for subject or grade acceleration.  For more information contact the Special Education Director, Limestone County Schools Central Office, (256) 232-5353.

SOURCE:                  Limestone County Schools, Athens, Alabama  35611
LEGAL REF:               Alabama Administrative Code
ADOPTED:                January 14, 2008