CHAPTER 59GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS[Prior to 9/7/88, see Public Instruction Department Ch 56][Former Ch 59 Rescinded IAB 9/7/88]28159.1(257) Scope and general principles. 59.1(1) Scope. These rules apply to the provision of gifted and talented programs authorized in Iowa Code sections 257.42 to 257.49, for students who are identified as gifted and talented and who are enrolled in public school districts in this state. 59.1(2) General principles. Gifted and talented programs shall be provided by a school district and may be made available to eligible students as a cooperative effort between school districts or through cooperative arrangements between school districts and other educational agencies. It is the responsibility of school districts to ensure that the programs meet the requirements of state statute and these rules.Related ARC(s): 8382B28159.2(257) Definitions. For the purpose of this chapter the following definitions apply.
"Creative thinking" refers to students who have advanced insight, outstanding imagination and innovative reasoning ability. Such students possess outstanding ability to integrate seemingly unrelated information in formulating unique ideas, insights, solutions, or products.
"Department" refers to the department of education.
"General intellectual ability" refers to students who can learn at a faster pace, master higher levels of content and handle abstract concepts at a significantly higher level than expected, given the student’s chronological age and experiences.
"Gifted and talented children" refers to those students, distinguished from the total K-12 student population, who are identified as possessing outstanding ability and who are capable of high performance. Gifted and talented children are children who require appropriate instruction and educational services commensurate with their abilities and needs beyond those provided by the regular school program. Gifted and talented children include those children with demonstrated achievement or potential ability, or both, in any of the following areas or in combination: general intellectual ability, creative thinking, leadership ability, visual and performing arts ability, or specific ability aptitude.
"Leadership ability" refers to those students who possess outstanding potential or demonstrated ability to exercise influence on decision making. These students may be consistently recognized by their peers, may demonstrate leadership behavior through school and nonschool activities or may evidence personal skills and abilities that are characteristic of effective leaders.
"Program budget" is a budget consisting of a listing of the estimated direct program expenditures, by function and object, that are necessary to accomplish the goals of the program in meeting the needs of identified students, along with a listing of the sources of revenue and, if necessary, the amounts of fund balance to be applied.
"Specific ability aptitude" refers to those students who have exceptionally high achievement or potential and a high degree of interest in a specific field of study.
"Visual or performing arts ability" refers to students who demonstrate or indicate potential for outstanding aesthetic production or creativity in areas such as art, dance, music, drama, and media production.Related ARC(s): 8382B28159.3(257) Development of plan. Rescinded IAB 12/16/09, effective 1/20/10.28159.4(257) Program plan. The program plan submitted by school districts shall be part of the school improvement plan submitted pursuant to Iowa Code section 256.7, subsection 21, paragraph “a.” The plan shall include all of the following:
- Program goals, objectives, and activities to meet the needs of gifted and talented children.
- Student identification criteria and procedures.
- Staff professional development.
- Staff utilization plans.
- Evaluation criteria and procedures and performance measures.
- Program budget as defined in rule 281—59.2(257).
- Qualifications required of personnel administering the program.
- Other factors required by the department.