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KRS 157.230 requires all school districts to operate programs for resident exceptional children, primary through grade twelve (12).
704 KAR 3:285 deals specifically with programs for gifted and talented students.
In Cumberland County, students are placed in the primary talent pool, grades K - 3, beginning in the spring of the kindergarten year. This process is informal and ongoing throughout a student's time in the primary grades. Primary Talent Pool students (PTP) are in the top 25% of their grade level.
Additionally, formal identification for students in grades 4 - 12 begins in the fall of the 4th grade year and is also ongoing throughout a student's education. According to regulation, students can be identified in any of the following areas: General Intellect, Specific Aptitude in math, science, language arts, and/or social studies, Creativity, Psychosocial/Leadership, or Visual/Performing Arts.
The district GT Committee deals with grievances and program evaluation. Those on the committee are: Jerry Hall, Michael Metcalfe, Erika Hurt, Kelli Booher, Heidi Smith, Nathan Britt, and Sue-Elise Flowers. School level committees deal with placements within each school. Those on the elementary, middle and high school placement committees include but are not limited to administration, classroom teachers, special education teachers, other appropriate instructional school personnel, as well as the GT Coordinator.
Sue-Elise Flowers, GT Coordinator
270-864-4390 - CCES