.02 Identification of Gifted and Talented Students.

A. Each local school system shall establish an equitable process for identifying gifted and talented students as they are defined in Education Article, §8-201, Annotated Code of Maryland.

B. The identification pool for gifted and talented students shall encompass all students.

C. The identification process shall use universal screening and multiple indicators of potential, ability, and achievement from an annually reviewed Maryland State Department of Education approved list of assessments and checklists.

D. A universal screening process shall be used to identify a significant number of students in every school and at least 10 percent in each local school system, as early as possible, but no later than Grade 3. Additional identification shall occur at the 3—5 and 6—9 grade bands for participation in the programs and services described in Regulation .03 of this chapter.

E. Each school system shall:

(1) Document early evidence of advanced learning behaviors, PreK—2;

(2) Develop equitable policies for identification and a process for appeals that are clearly stated in writing, made public, and consistently implemented systemwide;

(3) Review the effectiveness of its identification process; and

(4) Provide ongoing professional learning for teachers, administrators, and other personnel in the identification procedures, characteristics, academic, and social-emotional needs of gifted and talented students.

F. The Department shall:

(1) Review and approve each school systemís identification process to ensure compliance with this regulation; and

(2) Provide a Marylandís Model of Gifted and Talented Education: Maryland Gifted and Talented Student Identification Requirements document that includes available State-mandated achievement assessments for gifted and talented screening for adoption by school systems without an approved identification process.