FWAFA – Gifted and Talented program

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State goal for services for gifted/talented students:

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Here is a link to the Texas Education Agency page regarding the Gifted and Talented program.

Texas Education Agency – Gifted Talented Education

The following information is taken from the 2012 / 2013 TBC Inc. Auditors Report.

Gifted and Talented 2012 2013 part 2

Gifted and Talented 2012 2013 part 1

The full 2012 / 2013 Auditors report can be viewed here:

TBC Auditors Report 2012 2013

After reading over the information on the Texas Education Agency website, it appears there is a lot involved with managing a Gifted and Talented program.

QUESTION:

Was there a gifted and talented program in place as of the beginning of the 2013 / 2014 school year?

QUESTION:

Is there a gifted and talented program in place as of the beginning of the 2014 / 2015 school year?

QUESTION:

Have teachers involved with the program received the required training?

From this document:

2009 State PlanThe Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students (State Plan) – revised 2009

QUOTE:

“4.1.1C
A minimum of thirty (30) clock hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, identification and assessment of gifted/talented students’ needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted/talented students is required for teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the district’s defined gifted/talented services. Teachers are required to have completed the thirty (30) hours of professional development prior to their assignment to the district’s gifted/talented services (19 TAC §89.2(1)).
4.1.2C
Teachers without required training who are assigned to provide instruction and services that are part of the district’s defined gifted/talented services are required to complete the thirty (30) hour training within one semester (19 TAC §89.2(2)).”

QUOTE:

“4.2C
Teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the district’s defined gifted/talented services receive a minimum of six (6) hours annually of professional development in gifted/talented education that is related to state teacher education standards (19 TAC §89.2(3) and TAC §233.1).”

QUESTION:

Have the administrators and counselors who have authority for service decisions received the required 6 hours of training

QUOTE:

“4.3C
Administrators and counselors who have authority for service decisions are required to complete a minimum of six (6) hours of professional development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students and service options for gifted/talented students (19 TAC §89.2(4)).”