Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students [8 VAC 20 ‑ 40]
Periodic Review of the Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students
Action 5325
General Information
Action Summary The Regulations Governing Educational Services for Gifted Students provide definitions; criteria for screening, referral, and identification of gifted students; delivery of services parameters; and elements of appropriately differentiated curriculum and instruction necessary to meet the learning needs of these students. The regulations also provide standards for professional development of instructional personnel; requirements for the school division’s local plan for the education of the gifted; annual report; and local advisory committee for the education of the gifted. The existing regulations became effective in 2012 and should be periodically reviewed for revisions in accordance with best practices in the field of gifted education. The purpose of these potential revisions is to integrate findings from relevant research regarding identification, curriculum and instruction, delivery of services, and professional preparation into the standards Virginia public schools use to establish and operate programs for which the General Assembly has allocated funds through the Standards of Quality.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006142]
Associated Mandates Screening and Identification of Students for Gifted Programs - Update to the Gifted Regulations
New Periodic Review This action will be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8674 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 10/16/2019.
9104 Proposed Stage withdrawn on 04/27/2021 before the Governor's office completed its review.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Dr. Donna Poland   / Specialist, Governor's Schools & Gifted Education
Address: 101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)225-2884    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-