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Contacts

State Educational Agency

California Department of Education
Kathleen Halvorson, Education Programs Consultant
Professonal Learning Support Division 1430 N Street, Suite 4309 Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 323-4629
khalvorson@cde.ca.gov
http://www.cde.ca.gov

State Association or Affiliate


California Association for the Gifted
Anna Williams, President
9278 Madison Avenue Orangevale, CA 95662
916-988-3999
cagoffice@aol.com
http://www.cagifted.org

California Association for the Gifted
Barbara Branch, Executive Director
9278 Madison Avenue Orangevale, CA 95662
916-988-3999
cagoffice@aol.com
http://www.cagifted.org

Statistics

ALL DATA FROM 2010-2011 (unless otherwise noted)

Total Student Population (K-12)

 

6,217,113

Number of Identified Gifted Students

512,698 (data from 2006-2007)

State Funding for Gifted and Talented Education

$44.2 million (2010-2011)
$44.2 million (2009-2010)
$46.8 million (2008-2009)



Policies

Does the State Mandate Identification for Gifted and Talented Education?

No

Does the state have a definition of gifted/talented?; Are districts required to follow the state definition?

Yes, in state statute; Yes, in state rules and regulations; No

What areas of giftedness are specifically addressed in the state definition of gifted/talented?

Intellectually gifted; Academically gifted; Specific academic areas; Leadership; Performing/visual arts; Creatively gifted; Highly or profoundly gifted; Low SES; Underachieving; Culturally/ethnically diverse

Does the State Mandate Services for Gifted and Talented Education?

No

Does the state provide guidance or guidelines for the process of identifying gifted/talented students?

Yes

Are districts throughout the state required to follow the same identification guidelines or uniform identification process?

No

Does the state have a policy requiring districts to recognize gifted eligibilities from other districts in the same state?

No state policy; up to LEA to determine

Does State Policy Permit Early Entrance to Kindergarten?

No state policy; up to LEA to determine

Does State Policy Permit Students to be Dually or Concurrently Enrolled in a Community College, College or University?

No state policy; up to LEA to determine

Does State Policy Permit Middle School Students to be Dually or Concurrently Enrolled in High School? and if so, May they Receive Credit Towards High School Graduation?

State policy leaves LEA to determine

Does the State Have an Acceleration Policy? No state policy; up to LEA to determine

Does the state require general education teachers to have training on the nature/needs of gifted students?

No
Does the State require professionals working in specialized gifted ed programs to have a gifted ed endorsement or certification? No
Does the state monitor/audit district programs for gifted/talented students? No