The Exceptional Children’s Education Act (ECEA) requires that a student who moves from one district in Colorado to another district in the state retains his/her gifted identification status. This concept is referred to as “portability.”
Portability means that a student’s identification of giftedness transfers to any district in the state. Gifted programming must continue according to the receiving district’s resources and programming options. Portability of gifted identification is a student’s right, so information about his or her giftedness becomes part of his or her permanent record.
The transfer process may include secure electronic file transfers or mailing of the student’s record to the new district or school. When gifted students leave Estes Park School District R-3 to transfer to another district, we send a cumulative file, which is a formal record of their educational history. Included in this information are the students’ areas of identified giftedness, their ALPs and, when possible, their BOEs. A copy of each year’s new ALP is given to each building secretary and added to the appropriate student’s cumulative file, so it is always current.
Similarly, we can expect to receive such information for any student transferring here from other school districts with in Colorado. This is not true, however, of school districts in other states. One notable exception is for students of military families.
The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children created legislation signed into law in all 50 states to ease school-to-school transfers for military children. The intent of the Compact is to minimize the disruption in education when a military child is forced to move as a result of a transfer or deployment of his or her parent. The Compact states:
The receiving state school shall initially honor placement of the student in educational programs based on current educational assessments conducted at the school in the sending state or participation/placement in like programs in the sending state. Such programs include, but are not limited to: 1) gifted and talented programs; and 2) English as a second language (ESL). This does not preclude the school in the receiving state from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure the appropriate placement of the student.