The policy is surprisingly specific about what they have to provide: "Advanced Learning instructional programs will include differentiation, content acceleration, and deeper learning opportunities." The policy says"will", not "may". It says"and", not "or". These are all required elements for every school.
And these services will have to be provided at every school because, as the policy notes,
"The Board also recognizes, consistent with the definition of basic education under state law, that students capable of performing at significantly advanced academic levels require specialized services in order to meet their basic educational needs."So advanced learning services are part of basic education and therefore need to be available at every school as part of the basic education program.
I think it's kind of interesting that the policy and the procedure often use the word "program". That's a word that the District was trying to get away from using. But you know how the District's lexicon works. They redefine everything. Currently the definition of "program" can be found in policy 2200:
"Program: A program may offer educational opportunities that are not mandated by federal, state, or local law or regulations. While schools offer a variety of approaches to instruction, using a particular teaching strategy does not create a program under this policy. Students access programs through an established assignment process consistent with the student assignment plan.Students mustopt in and/or qualify for the program,"Since the Board has determined that advanced learning services are part of basic education, they are, in fact, required by state law and, therefore, they are services, not programs. Of course, the District is not very good at remembering how they have defined words and they are not careful about how they use them. If the staff had ever done any real work on their Equitable Access Framework (as they promised to do) they would get these things straight, but that's not likely to happen.
Families with advanced learners might want to put their principals on notice that, effective December 4 they will be required to provide differentiation, content acceleration, and deeper learning opportunities. Families should warn the principals that, on that day they will be back to ask how those services are delivered and they will expect an answer or contact the Executive Director of schools for their region and, if necessary, the Ombudsman. With this policy families finally have something they can demand and demands that they can enforce.
I wonder if the Board knows that. I wonder if the school staffs know it. I wonder if anyone knows it.