(a) (1) Each applicant school district shall submit an application for approval for a proposed program for gifted and talented pupils to the State Board of Education. The application shall be submitted in the form and manner prescribed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. An application shall be approved for a period of one, two, or three years, or denied, based on the quality of the plan, in accordance with criteria adopted by the State Board of Education. Those criteria shall be reviewed by the board at least once every four years and shall address, but are not limited to, the elements of program design, identification, curriculum and instruction, social and emotional development, professional development, parent and community involvement, program assessment and budgeting. The application shall include budget information including separate data on identification and program costs, and any other data required by the Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer and evaluate the program effectively. Each time a school district submits an application for renewal of its GATE authorization, the school district shall submit a program assessment in accordance with criteria adopted by the state board.
(2) Each participating governing board shall maintain auditable records.
(3) Each applicant school district shall designate, in its application to the State Board of Education, a person with responsibility for the development, identification procedure, and implementation of the local program for gifted and talented pupils, fiscal management, and the collection of auditable records for the independent evaluation.
(4) Applications for district programs shall be developed by the State Department of Education and made available to districts no later than April 1 of each year. The application shall not be part of the consolidated application.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the state may approve an application for a period of five years, if following a site validation of the application by the department, it determines that the districts's program for gifted and talented pupils is exemplary.
(Amended by Stats 2000, Ch. 748, Sec. 8)