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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students [8 VAC 20 ‑ 40]
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Revision of regulations school divisions must meet in their gifted education programs, K - 12
General Information
Action Summary The Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students were last approved in 1993, with an effective date of February 1995. Those regulations specify what gifted education services school divisions in the Commonwealth of Virginia shall provide students from kindergarten through graduation. The regulations speak to the area(s) of giftedness to be served, the identification of students in the selected area(s) of service, the criteria for screening and identification, the components of local plan that each division must have approved by the Department of Education, the assurances the school division must provide to the department regarding elements within the local plan, and provisions of use of state funds designated for division-wide gifted education services. The proposed revisions will allow the Virginia Board of Education to review contemporary research and best practices in the field that have occurred in the last decade and to ensure that Virginia's regulations are consistent with that information.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA Yes, this action is exempt from the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required.
Exempt Citation: temporary setting for submitting final stage after suspended
RIS Project Yes  [000590]
Note This action is intended to satisfy the requirement that an entire regulation be reviewed every 4 years.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
3490 NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 9/27/2006 after the comment period had ended.
3839 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 2/23/2007.
4193 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 9/26/2008.
5074 Final Suspended (3/4/2010). Suspension comment forum ended . Awaiting final decision of the board.
5559 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/21/2010.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Ms. Emily V. Webb  / Director for Board Relations
Address: James Monroe Bldg.
101 N. 14th St., 25th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
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