Gifted Operating Standards Update
ODE's gifted operating standards survey will be summarized and shared with the State Board Achievement Committee on Monday, November 16th. It is important for gifted advocates to continue to members of the state board of education. For more information, please go to www.oagc.com/advocacyalerts.asp.
Advocacy Alert - Proposed Changes to State Law Diminishing Requirements to Serve Gifted Kids
A revised draft of operating standards for identifying and serving gifted children has been released by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The Ohio Association for Gifted Children (ODGC) has stated that the proposed changes completely gut any protection for gifted children and eliminate all quality standards regarding service and staffing. While this change does not require Chagrin Falls to reduce the level of service it provides to its gifted students, it could lead to the eliminatation of service for students in many school districts in the state. Please complete the ODE survey.
The following is from http://www.oagc.com/advocacyAlerts.asp
ODE has opened a survey to ask for input on the proposed gifted standards. Unfortunately, the questions asked in the survey appear to be designed to construct a pre-determined narrative which would support the proposed rule changes. Gifted advocates have asked OAGC for advice on how to respond to the questions in a way that would advocate for the changes necessary to support appropriate services and staffing for gifted children. While OAGC strongly urges advocates to use their own experiences and expertise to answer the questions, we are providing some guidance on how to answer the specific questions in a way that will help ensure that advocates are not “trapped” by the bias of the questions. As there is space after each question to provide specific input, please do so. Please also express your displeasure with the nature of the survey itself. Below, please find a list of the ODE survey questions along with a brief statement of OAGC’s concerns and recommendations. For a draft of a very detailed response of each concern and recommendation by priority, please go tohttp://www.oagc.com/files/DraftOAGCResponseto9.11.15ProposedRuleChanges.10.21.15.pdf .
The link to the ODE survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8QKLLFR . Input will be taken until 5:00 pm on Friday, November 6, 2015. It is important that as many gifted advocates as possible provide input. It is equally important to write email state board of education members. If you have questions, please contact Ann Sheldon at email@example.com.
Draft of Ohio Gifted Operating Standards
Changes you should be aware of...
A draft was created 9.11.15.
OAGC has summarized a list of elements that have been eliminated.
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