Thank you for making your voice heard! Gifted education advocates spoke out and got the attention of policy makers, and as we get ready for the school year, I wanted to share some updates.
The GaDOE guidelines that allow districts to waive the gifted endorsement (and the ESOL endorsement/certification) remain in place. From what we understand, that means that Charter Systems and Strategic Waivers School Systems that have waived teacher certification and who have also included in their professional qualifications plan that they have other minimum requirements for gifted certification may choose to offer educational services to gifted students with untrained teachers and still claim the weighted gifted FTE. Districts must plan for what training they will require and may have to report to parents when a teacher does not meet the requirements they have set.
The blanket flexibility given to districts for certification is up to district decision makers. Because of the late reversal for gifted and ESOL requirements, we believe few districts will be implementing many changes this year. We as gifted education advocates know that the gifted endorsement is fundamental to addressing the learning needs of gifted and talented students. GAGC will continue to support the need for the gifted endorsement to serve gifted students.
The feedback period for Georgia’s draft of the ESSA plan has ended. We hope that the response from around the state may result in the GaDOE crafting a real plan of improvement for gifted education.Please continue to share with parents and other stakeholders the importance of letting our policy makers know how vital gifted certification and services are for our state! We will continue to keep you posted about new developments.