Appeal Process

  • Parents/guardians have the right to appeal the decision of the Talented and Gifted Identification/Placement Committee within 10 ACPS instructional days after being informed of their child's eligibility for services or a decision regarding a change in placement. For students who were referred and went through the screening process during spring/summer 2021, the due date for all appeals is September 8, 2021.

    The parents/guardians must submit a written statement to the Gifted and Advanced Academics director at, requesting a review of the decision and citing their reasons for believing that the committee decision was in error. Within the written appeal, parents have the option to include any additional data and/or information they may have relevant to their child's eligibility for gifted services. Some optional examples of additional information may include a parent narrative, up to five scanned single-sided work samples, or new test results. Please do not include videos in the appeal email due to data storage limits.

    In the case of an appeal, all of the documents involved in the student's referral are reviewed by an Appeal Committee consisting of professional personnel from a different school familiar with the gifted placement process. This may include a TAG designee, TAG teacher or a grade-level teacher, and the TAG instructional specialist or director. Other school personnel are invited when needed. The Appeal Committee will convene within 25 school days of receipt of the letter requesting an appeal.

    Parents may be present at the beginning of the meeting if they have any additional data to present to the committee relevant to the appeal. After reviewing the information presented at the appeal conference, the Appeal Committee makes one of the following decisions:

    • Eligible for services in Specific Academic Ability or General Intellectual Ability
    • Not eligible for services

    Each case will be evaluated individually. The decision is communicated in writing to the parents/guardians within 15 school days after the appeal conference. The committee's decision is final, but parents will have the option to referral again in the Fall of 2021.

    Appeals or requests for additional information should be sent to