The revised Georgia ESSA Plan has some good news for gifted education! I believe our advocacy across the state has made a difference.
· GaDOE ESSA website: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/ESSA.aspx
On pages 6 – 9, the ESSA application reiterates Georgia’s commitment to supporting acceleration options in middle school, including a proposal to eliminate double testing for 8th graders taking related EOC classes.
On page 73: GaDOE will convene a meeting of Georgia’s gifted community, representing students, parents, organizations, and educators, to develop a plan to provide creative solutions to best serve Georgia’s gifted students. This plan with recommendations will be shared with members of the state legislature. In addition, GaDOE will include gifted related resources, tools, district best practices, etc. in the online “toolbox” that will be developed and made available to districts.This is good news for gifted and talented children in Georgia. GAGC plans to be involved in this meeting and planning!