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Continuation Criteria

 Tift County Gifted and Talented Education Services
Criteria for Continuation  
 
A student who has been officially placed in the gifted program may continue to receive gifted programming services as long as he/she meets the following criteria: Satisfactory performance in the regular class is determined as follows:
  1. Grades K-3 – Student must maintain grade level performance within their gifted education classes. Adequate progress is defined as 3’s and 4’s on a standards-based report.
  2. Grades 4-12 – Student must maintain an 80 (a “B” or its equivalent) academic average within their gifted education classes.
 Satisfactory performance in the gifted classes. Satisfactory performance will be based on the recommenda­tions of the teacher of the gifted, with such recommendation to be based on active participation, required products, and regular attendance in the gifted program. In the event that the student does not meet the continuation criteria, the following steps will be taken to review the student’s gifted services: 
  • A conference will be scheduled between the student, parent, gifted program teacher, and other teachers involved. All parties will review the continuation policy at this time and discuss strategies in which the student may apply to satisfactory performance.
  • Probation (Academic) Parents and students will be notified when continuation criteria are not being met.
    • Gifted Resource Model of Delivery
      1. A student must maintain an average of S (Satisfactory) in the gifted resource class in Grades K-3 in order to continue in gifted services without probation.
      2. If a student earns an average of NI (Needs Improvement) in the gifted resource class, the student will receive an intervention(s) to improve his/her performance in the gifted resource class for the next grading period (9 weeks), but not gifted probation.
      3. If the student earns an average of U (Unsatisfactory) in the gifted resource class, the student will be placed on gifted probation for the next grading period (9 weeks). During this time, the student will be placed on an individual academic contract developed by the teacher of the gifted with input from the gifted eligibility team. The gifted student will remain in the gifted resource class during this time. If the gifted student improves his/her grade to an S, the probation is null. The parents will be notified by letter, and a conference is preferred to discuss the individual contract for improvement.
      4. If the resource room grade at the end for the nine weeks of gifted probation has not improved to an an S, the student will be withdrawn from the gifted program.
 
    • Cluster Class and Gifted Advanced Content — Models of Delivery
      1. A student must maintain an overall average of 80% in all gifted academic courses in order to continue in the gifted program in good standing.
      2. If the student earns an average below 80% of any gifted course at the end of one grading period, the student is placed on gifted probation for that particular gifted course for the next grading period. A letter will notify parents.
      3. If the overall average in the gifted course of the student on gifted probation does not improve to 80% or better during the probationary period, the student will continue on probation until the end of the school year or the conclusion of that particular course (i.e. Block schedule courses only one semester). When the grade of concern improves to 80% or higher during this period, the probation is null, and parents will, be notified by letter.
      4. If the overall average in the particular gifted course of the student on probation does not improve to 80% or better by the end of the course or school year, the student will be withdrawn from gifted services for that discipline of study only. The parents will be notified.
      5. In order to re-enter discipline/course of study services if withdrawn due to probation requirements not being met, a student must demonstrate significant grade improvement by earning an average of 80% or better in the core subject/discipline of concern for at least two grading periods. Re-entry will only occur at the beginning of a 9weeks/semester. Parents will be notified.
 
  • Withdrawal (Academic) The withdrawal procedure will consist of a conference which may include the parent, classroom teacher, gifted class teacher, and student. Minutes of this meeting shall be given to the parent along with a copy of the continuation criteria. A copy of these minutes shall be placed in the student’s GATE folder.
  • Voluntary Withdrawal – This term is defined as any student intentionally exiting the gifted program while meeting all continuation criteria. The withdrawal procedure will consists of a meeting including the parent/guardian, the gifted teacher and an administrator, minutes of the meeting must be kept concerning the discussion and decision of the conference, a form indicating parental approval of the withdrawal must be signed at this meeting. The form shall be placed in the student’s GATE folder.
  • Procedures for Reentry
  1. If initial eligibility determination is less than two (2) years old at the time of the request for reentry, the student can reenter the program under the original eligibility data.
  2. If the initial eligibility determination is more than two (2) years old, the student must undergo the full evaluation process and meet eligibility criteria.