DPI to audit Madison's 'talented and gifted' programming

October 15, 2010 5:31 pm

The state’s Department of Public Instruction will conduct an audit of the “talented and gifted” programming offered to students in Madison Public Schools.

The audit by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction comes in response to a complaint this fall signed by 50 parents in the West High School attendance area accusing the district of failing to comply with a state statute requiring school boards to “provide access to an appropriate program for pupils identified as gifted and talented.” The parents’ complaint focused on West High and their concerns that freshmen and sophomores at the school have limited opportunities for advanced English, biology and social studies classes.

In a letter sent this week to Madison School Board president Maya Cole, DPI requested student and parent handbooks, district policy information and more, particularly focusing on students in grades 9-12. DPI also will conduct an onsite visit to the district from January 25-27, 2011, the letter said.

Under the complaint process, DPI can require a school district to form a “corrective action plan” and, in cases of continued noncompliance with state law, withhold some or all of the district’s state and federal aid.

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