Attached to this Commissioner’s Memo are updated forms and instructions for preparing the 2006-2007 Application for Program Approval for Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education. The requested information provides a comprehensive description of gifted programs statewide, therefore, aiding the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) in assisting districts in providing appropriate and challenging educational opportunities for gifted/talented students throughout the state. This comprehensive description provides evidence verifying district compliance with state standards and assists the Office of Gifted/Talented in collecting information on education results, developments, and achievements in the field of gifted education in Arkansas.
Again this year, data for the federally-funded Jacob K. Javits Grant, “Arkansas Evaluation Initiative” (AEI), must be collected as it was from the 2002-2003 Program Approval Application. Therefore, to ensure reliability, original information that was requested on the 2002-2003 application, as well as additional information to complete the evaluation, has been added to the 2006-2007 application.
The total packet must be completed and returned, as all requested information is necessary to provide adequate evidence for program approval. Gifted and Talented student demographics must be accurately reported on the Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN) Cycle 2 Report to complete program approval. One copy of the application should be sent to Ann M. Biggers, Administrator, Office of Gifted/Talented, #4 Capitol Mall, Room 203-B, Little Rock, AR 72201, on or before October 16, 2006. Be sure to retain a copy for district files.