Attached to this Commissioner’s Memo are updated forms for preparing the 2008-2009 Application for Program Approval for Gifted/Talented Education. The requested information provides a comprehensive description of gifted programs statewide, 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.
Valuable information was collected from the 2007-2008 application, therefore, the majority of the application has been maintained with a few minor changes.
The total packet must be completed and returned. 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, Four Capitol Mall, Room 203-B, Little Rock, AR 72201, on or before October 15, 2008. Be sure to retain a copy for district files.