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 From the Office of Special Programs
 Considerations (IEP)
     Our state special education policy, Policy 2419, requires that the IEP Team consider:

     1. Strengths of the student;
     2. Concerns of the parents for enhancing the education of their child.
     3. Results of the initial evaluation or most recent evaluation of the student;
     4. Academic, developmental and functional needs of the student;
     5. Whether the child needs assistive technology devices and services; and/or
     6. The communication needs of the student.

     Under Additional Considerations, if the student is identified as gifted, Policy 2419 requires the IEP Team to "consider if acceleration is a focus of gifted services, and if so, its effect on high school graduation."

     If the IEP Team determines that acceleration is not appropriate for the student, a statement to this effect must be included in the Present Levels of Academic Functioning. If the Team determines that acceleration in one or more areas will be provided, the Team must also state its effect on high school graduation. See the February 2010 Gifted Education Newsletter for more information: Part IV: Considerations - Gifted.

     Revisions in Policy 2510, Regulations for Education Programs, affect the IEP Team's consideration of acceleration. See Policy 2510 graduation requirements here.

     > Any student who successfully completes a high school level course prior to grade 9 shall receive full credit for that course toward graduation requirements. The grade for any course taken prior to grade 9 becomes part of the student's permanent record and is calculated in the student's grade point average. It is the intent that students take mathematics annually, but must take at least three mathematics classes in grades 9-12. The recommended course sequence for students in the professional pathway is Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. Therefore, if the student completes Algebra I and Geometry prior to grade 9, he/she will need to complete Algebra II, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus in grades 9-12. The IEP Team should consider this when making decisions about acceleration in math for certain students who are not particularly interested in pursuing a career that involves a high level of math.

     > Early graduation is provided in Policy 2510. In addition, Policy 2510 requires attendance for the full day for all four years during grades 9-12. The county boards of education must adopt policies that allow students to earn credit for completion of college work. This may be through two or four year college or university enrollment or "West Virginia Earn a Degree-Graduate Early" (WV EDGE). Ten counties in West Virginia are participating in WV GEAR UP which is a free program designed to help students plan, apply and pay for college. In effect, the Grade 9-12 Attendance policy provides a year of college tuition for any student who graduates a year early.

     In general, acceleration in grades one through eight will have no effect on graduation or will not be known at this time.

     For instructions in the SB-IEP, visit the professional development at the TeachIEP link here.

From Gifted Education Press

Gifted Education Press Quarterly

      Gifted Education Press Quarterly (GEPQ) Fall 2010 issue is now available to members. If you would like a complementary copy of the Fall 2010 Online Issue, send a request to: GEPQ is a resource for advocating for gifted education programs in public schools.

Highlighted Site

     The highlighted site in this issue is Tech4Learning. The video is titled "Supporting
Multiple Intelligences," and also demonstrates a presentation using Prezi. Allow a few seconds to load then click on the right arrow to advance the presentation.

Find more videos like this on Tech4Learning

Additional Resources

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

National Research Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning
Building 6, Room 304
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
Gifted education teachers in West Virginia receive this newsletter bi-weekly from the West Virginia Department of Education. To change your e-mail address or update your information, please email Vickie Mohnacky at or call (304) 558-2696.