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  March 25, 2010


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April 16-17, 2010
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 From the Office of Special Programs
 Four-Year Education and Transition Plans and AP Courses

     Our state special education policy requires that student identified as gifted have a reevaluation determination in their eighth grade year. The reevaluation determination is conducted to review if the student is eligible as Exceptional Gifted (EG) in grades nine through twelve. The Reevaluation Determination Plan may determine that current evaluation exists and no additional evaluation is warranted.

     If it is determined that the student is eligible as EG in grades nine through twelve and needs specialized instruction, then the Team must develop an IEP.

     If it is determined that the student is not eligible as EG or does not need specialized instruction provided under an IEP, then the Team must develop a Four-Year Education/Transition Plan for the student. WV State Code provides that those students be served in honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in grades nine through twelve.

     Some school systems have a justifiable concern about the economic feasibility of offering AP courses for less than ten students. Therefore, there are several AP courses available in the WV Virtual School. As always, the WV Virtual School charges counties no tuition for the first ten students per course per school. "Every high school in the state can offer at least 20 AP courses with the only cost being for the textbook if one is required," says Sharon Gainer, registrar for the WV Virtual School. Her telephone number is 806-593-8065 and her email is

     The importance of taking AP courses cannot be understated. The research of William Bowen and Michael McPherson found that colleges and universities are now giving more consideration to AP scores than other tests such as the SAT and ACT because "AP scores tell colleges more about a student's ability to complete college than other tests."

     If a student is concerned about the challenge of an AP course and the effects on his/her GPA, encourage the student to take the AP course as colleges and universities are now considering students who take AP courses to be better prepared for college/university. "Advanced Placement courses directly match the curriculum for entry-level college courses" and are better indicators than high school grades.

From the National Association for Gifted Children

Torrance Legacy Creative Writing Contest

     NAGC, in conjunction with the Torrance Center at the University of Georgia, NAGC Creativity Network, Future Problem Solving Program International, Ignite Creative Learning Studio, Scholastic Testing Service, Inc. and the National-Louis University Center for Gifted, is sponsoring the 2010 Torrance Legacy Creative Writing Contest for grades 4 through 12. Deadline for submissions is August 2. Read more here.
2010 Torrance Legacy Creative Writing Awards graphic

Highlighted Site

     The highlighted site in this issue is Games For Educators. The game, "Making Change" ($9.95) is interesting and educational. It connects with WV CSO M.O.3.4.5 model making change using manipulatives and M.O.4.4.4 count coins and bills and determine correct change.

(But how might it look as an IEP goal?)

By (date), through hands on and problem-solving activities, the student will demonstrate an understanding of the processes of measurement and apply appropriate techniques, tools and formulas to determine measurement with 95 percent accuracy on custom-made math tests using Acuity for three out of four trials.

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
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