S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
February 15, 2011
Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Education
AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring school
districts to establish programs for gifted pupils
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 4454
to read as follows:
S 4454. GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM. 1. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THIS
STATE SHALL ESTABLISH A DISTRICT-WIDE GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM FOR
PUPILS WHO MEET THE CRITERIA ESTABLISHED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION
FORTY-FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO OF THIS ARTICLE, AND SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE
FOR ENSURING THAT APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTIONAL ADAPTATIONS ARE DESIGNED AND
DELIVERED FOR SUCH PUPILS.
2. EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL ESTABLISH AN ONGOING IDENTIFICATION
PROCESS FOR GIFTED PUPILS INITIATED IN KINDERGARTEN AND REVIEWED ANNUAL-
LY THROUGH GRADE TWELVE. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL ENSURE THAT THE IDEN-
TIFICATION METHODOLOGY USED IS DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE, NON-DISCRI-
MINATORY, AND RELATED TO THE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OFFERED.
3. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH CURRICULUM
FRAMEWORKS WHICH SHALL SUGGEST A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES AND STRATEGIES
THAT MAY ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL CURRICULA FOR GIFTED PUPILS.
SUCH FRAMEWORKS SHALL ADDRESS ADAPTATIONS THAT ARE EDUCATIONALLY CHAL-
LENGING FOR GIFTED PUPILS IN CORE SUBJECT AREAS AS IDENTIFIED BY THE
4. IN ADDITION, THE SCHOOL BOARDS OF EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL
ENCOURAGE THE ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE COMMUNITY,
BUSINESS, INDUSTRY, LABOR, AND HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF
THE GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM.
S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding
the date on which it shall have become a law; provided, however, that
the commissioner of education is authorized to promulgate any rules and
regulations necessary for the effective implementation of this act on or
before such date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.