· Describes the attributes of an appropriate curriculum for high ability students;
· Mandates specialized training for teachers of our most able students;
· Sets maximum class sizes, minimum time requirements, and approved models for gifted and talented classes;
· Defines the criteria and outlines a process for identifying gifted and talented students.
This organization believes that
· Gifted and talented children are found in all ethnic and socio-economic groups in our state;
· Development of the abilities and talents of its most able students is in the best economic and social interest of South Carolina
· A challenging curriculum and effective instruction must be provided for all gifted and talented students.
This organization endorses
· Advanced and enriched content for all gifted learners;
· Accommodations for gifted learners in the regular classroom;
· A scope and sequence of content and skills for grades 3-12 in each district to ensure a comprehensive program for gifted learners;
· Opportunities for acceleration, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or dual credit courses;
· Accountability for student performance within rigorous programs of study.
This organization recommends
· Awareness training for all district superintendents and chief academic officers to include the mandates of Regulation 43-220, the nature of the gifted learner, and appropriate program options for gifted and talented children and youth;
· The establishment of regional centers for gifted and talented for the purposes of staff training and parent education;
· A minimum requirement in all undergraduate teacher education programs in the state to address the special needs of gifted and talented students;
· Appropriate program options, including acceleration;
· District accountability for providing the mandated program according to South Carolina Regulation 43-220.
This organization urges the State of South Carolina to
· Fully fund the gifted and talented program that State Regulation 43-220 defines;
· Remove gifted and talented monies from the “flexibility funding” clause;
· Continue, through state mandate and through the budgetary process, to support South Carolina’s efforts to provide a rigorous and challenging program of study to gifted and talented students.
The South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education, whose mission is to
promote the education of academically and artistically gifted and
talented students and to provide professional development for teachers
of the gifted, is proud of the gains made in our state in accomplishing
these goals and enlists your support for providing a challenging and
exemplary program of study for every gifted child in South Carolina.