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  March 25, 2010


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From the West Virginia Department of Education
Exceptional Gifted (EG)

      The eligibility criteria for Exceptional Gifted (EG), grades nine through twelve, are;

     a. eligibility as one or more of the disabilities as defined in Policy 2419; and/or

     b. the definition for economically disadvantaged; and/or

     c. the definition for underachievement;* and/or

     d. the definition for psychological adjustment disorder as documented by a comprehensive psychological evaluation.

     In determining eligibility for Exceptional Gifted, as with all special education services, the Team must consider the following three-pronged approach:

     1. meets the above eligibility criteria;

     2. experiences an adverse effect on educational performance; and

     3. needs specialized instruction.

     If found eligible, an IEP is developed. Some general needs that may be addressed are career counseling, support in scheduling appropriate honors and AP courses, transitioning to post-school, assistance finding and obtaining financial assistance, support in academic achievement and guidance in socio-emotional concerns (this is not an all inclusive list).

     If the Team agrees that the student does not require specialized instruction as EG in grades nine through twelve, the Team may exit the student from special education services, at which time a Four-Year Education/Transition Plan must be written. The Team should be aware that the parent may revoke consent at any time. Also, the Team should be aware that there is no mechanism to identify EG in high school.

      Working definition:

* Underachievers are students who exhibit an observable discrepancy between expected achievement (as measured by a comprehensive test of cognitive or intellectual ability and and actual achievement (as measured by class grades, teacher evaluations or standardized achievement tests).

Must NOT be the result of a diagnosed learning disability and must persist over a one year period.

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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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