LEGISLATION
 
GIFTED EDUCATION AND LEGISLATORS WORKING TOGETHER
FOR MISSISSIPPI'S FUTURE!
2016 MAGC DAY AT THE CAPITAL 
IN SUPPORT OF GIFTED EDUCATION

Day at the Capital ~ January 27, 2015

Carol Paola, MAGC Executive Director, and gifted students from Humphreys County. Photo submitted by Michael Cox, MAGC Legislative Chair and Teacher of the Gifted, Humphreys County.

Day at the Capital ~ January 27, 2015

Gifted students from Humphreys County with Senator Willie Simmons. Senator Simmons took time to answer questions about educational funding, legislative redistricting and other issues. Photo submitted by Michael Cox, MAGC Legislative Chair and Teacher of the Gifted, Humphreys County.

Day at the Capital ~ January 27, 2015

Rep. Straughter and Rep. Alyce Clark (who is originally from Humphreys County) took some time to give students a pep talk about college and career opportunities. Photo submitted by Michael Cox, MAGC Legislative Chair and Teacher of the Gifted, Humphreys County.

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MISSISSIPPI
GIFTED EDUCATION ACT
 
The Mississippi Gifted Education Act of 1989, as amended in 1993, mandates that each public school district within the state provide gifted education programs for intellectually gifted students in grades 2-6. All local public school districts may have programs for intellectually gifted students in grades 7-12, artistically gifted students in grades 2-12, creatively gifted students in grades 2-12, and/or academically gifted students in grades 9-12, subject to the approval of the State Board of Education.

 

 

STATE DEFINITIONS

 

"Gifted children" shall mean children who are found to have an exceptionally high degree of intellect, and/or academic, creative, or artistic ability.

 

“Intellectually gifted children” shall mean those children and youth who are found to have an exceptionally high degree of intelligence as documented through the identification process. The needs of these students should be addressed based on the program options provided in the Outcomes for Intellectually Gifted Education Programs Grades 2-8 in Mississippi.


“Academically gifted children” shall mean those children and youth who are found to have an exceptionally high degree of demonstrated academic ability as documented through the identification process.

  
“Artistically gifted children” shall mean those children and youth who are found to have an exceptionally high degree of creativity and an exceptionally high degree of ability in the visual arts as documented through the identification process.  


“Creatively gifted children” shall mean those children and youth who are found to have an exceptionally high degree of creativity and an exceptionally high degree of ability in the performing arts as documented through the identification process.   


“Gifted Education Programs (GEP)” shall mean special programs of instruction for intellectually gifted children in grades 2-12, academically gifted children in grades 9-12, artistically gifted children in grades 2-12, and/or creatively gifted children in grades 2-12 in the public elementary and secondary schools of this state. Such programs shall be designed to meet the individual needs of gifted children and shall be in addition to and different from the regular program of instruction provided by the district.

 

 

FUNDING

 

Gifted education funding falls under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). Currently, it is lumped in with the funding for special education and vocational education to be used at the discretion of the school districts.

 

For additional information about gifted education in Mississippi, download the 2013 Regulations for Gifted Education Programs in Mississippi and/or visit the Mississippi Department of Education Office of Advanced Learning and Gifted Program website.

 

 

 

Created 2016

by MAGC

 

MISSISSIPPI ASSOCATION FOR GIFTED CHILDREN

P.O. Box 3545, Jackson, MS 39207

www.magcgifted.org

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