Pine-Richland School District Gifted Education Plan. Gifted Guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, August 2010

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2 Table of Contents Mission Statement... 1 Vision Statement... 1 Philosophy of Gifted Education... 1 Gifted Guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, August Strategic Goals for Gifted Education... 2 Gifted Program Standards from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGS)... 2 Program Design/Curriculum and Instruction... 3 Student Identification... 4 Determining Gifted Eligibility... 4 Screening and Evaluation Overview... 4 Screening Process... 4 Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation (GMDE) and Gifted Multi-Disciplinary Team (GMDT)... 5 Gifted Written Report (GWR)... 5 Gifted Multidisciplinary Reevaluation... 6 Special Education and Gifted: Dual Identification... 6 Gifted Individual Education Plan (GIEP)... 6 Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA)... 7 Parental Rights... 7 Appendices... 8 Screening and Admission Matrix for Gifted Support Grades K Screening and Admission Matrix for Gifted Support Grades Screening and Admission Matrix for Gifted Support Grades

3 Pine-Richland School District Gifted Education Plan Mission Statement Our mission is to provide a strong academic foundation which challenges students to realize their fullest potential and encourages them to become engaged, thoughtful citizens. Vision Statement Pine-Richland School District is a community where learning is challenging, people are inspiring, and students are enriched by their experience. Philosophy of Gifted Education The Pine-Richland School District is committed to providing opportunities which promote the growth of skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for identified gifted students to reach their potential and fulfill their future roles in our changing and global society. Inherent in that commitment is the recognition of the unique abilities, talents, interests, and needs of intellectually gifted students which require special educational considerations. Educating the gifted student is the shared responsibility of all educators, the student's parents and the student. Gifted Guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, August 2010 Programs for gifted children fit into the array of special programs available for all exceptional children. These programs reflect individual differences, equal educational opportunity and desire for the optimal development of each child. Programs that are based on sound philosophical, theoretical and empirical foundations are those most likely to benefit gifted students. The guiding principles for planning and implementing programs for the gifted include the following: The local school district is primarily responsible for identifying all children with exceptionalities who are children of school age who have a disability or who are gifted and who, by reason thereof, need specially designed instruction exceptional children and developing educational programs to meet their needs. (24 P.S (1)) Pennsylvania School Law includes gifted students as children with exceptionalities who need specially designed instruction. The student is thought to be gifted because the school district s screening of the student indicates high potential consistent with the definition of mentally gifted or a performance level which exceeds that of other students in the regular classroom. (22 Pa. Code 16.22) A Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP) is a written plan describing the education to be provided to a gifted student. The initial GIEP must be based on and responsive to the results of the evaluation and be developed and implemented in accordance with Chapter 16 regulations. (22 Pa. Code and 16.32) The GIEP team shall base educational placement decisions on the gifted student s needs to enable the provision of appropriate specially designed instruction based on the student s need and ability and to ensure that the student is able to benefit meaningfully from the rate, level and manner of instruction. (22 Pa. Code 16.41) Provide opportunities to participate in acceleration or enrichment, or both, as appropriate for the student s needs. These opportunities must go beyond the program that the student would receive as part of a general education. (22 Pa. Code 16.41) Districts may use administrative and instructional strategies and techniques in the provision of gifted education for gifted students which may include, categorical grouping of students. (22 Pa. Code 16.41) Page 1

4 Pine-Richland School District Gifted Education Plan Gifted education programming must be an integral part of the instructional school day. Strategic Goals for Gifted Education The following goals for Gifted Education have been adapted from Special Education and Strategic Plans: 1. Curriculum: Achieve a high level of vertical and horizontal coordination of standards based curricula in general education and gifted education classrooms. 2. Instruction: Ensure that student growth and learning is maximized through consistent instruction that is universally available to general education and gifted education teachers and appropriate to each student's skills, needs, and developmental stages. 3. Assessment: Expect all teachers to use assessment data to develop and apply appropriate interventions for individual students, including gifted students. 4. Technology: Digitally connect learners, teachers, and parents to extend opportunities beyond the limitations of the traditional classroom while recognizing the profoundness of personal interactions on human development. 5. Professional Development: Differentiate professional development opportunities based on the diverse needs of district teachers and educational support personnel. 6. Accountability: Design a comprehensive system of Response to Instruction and Intervention to improve student achievement, professional teaching practice and educational decision-making within the Pine-Richland School District. Gifted Program Standards from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGS) The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) developed and released the Pre-K- Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards in 2006 to assist school districts in examining the quality of their programming for gifted learners. The framework has informed the program areas of Gifted Education that Pine-Richland School District addresses. The standard areas and best practices guiding Gifted Education at Pine-Richland include: Program Design: The development of appropriate gifted education programming requires comprehensive services based on sound philosophical, theoretical, and empirical support. Pine Richland gifted services begin in the regular education classroom through, but not limited to: differentiation, enrichment, acceleration, ability grouping, and cluster grouping. Gifted students will continue to be given opportunities for interaction with academic peers (e.g. pullout programs, academic competitions, shadow studies, etc.) through a full continuum of services. In order to effectively differentiate and meet the needs of all gifted learners, students may be clustered and/or ability grouped in all grade levels. Classroom teachers will utilize curriculum-based assessments to determine mastery and will collaborate with the gifted teacher to develop acceleration and/or enrichment units. Curriculum and Instruction: Gifted education services must include curricular and instructional opportunities directed to the unique needs of the gifted learner. Pine Richland gifted services begin in the regular education classroom through, but not limited to, differentiation, enrichment, acceleration, ability grouping, and cluster grouping. Gifted students will continue to be given opportunities for interaction with academic peers (e.g. pullout programs, academic competitions, shadow studies, etc.) through a full continuum of services. Gifted Individualized Education Plan goals will be written based on the Present Level of Educational Performance levels and developed and implemented through the collaboration of the GATE and classroom teachers, parents, and students. Page 2

5 Pine-Richland School District Gifted Education Plan Student Identification: Gifted learners must be assessed to determine appropriate educational services. District guidelines and procedures are readily available in all schools within the district and on the district website through the Annual Notice of Student Services. Pine-Richland School District continues to use data driven decisions to determine whether a student is mentally gifted. This term includes a person who has an IQ of 130 or higher or meets multiple criteria as set forth in the Department Guidelines indicate gifted ability. Determination of gifted ability will not be based on IQ scores alone. A person with an IQ lower than 130 may be admitted to the gifted program when other educational criteria in the profile of the person strongly indicate gifted ability. Determination of mentally gifted shall include an assessment by a certified school psychologist. Professional Development: Gifted learners are entitled to be served by professionals who have specialized preparation in gifted education and expertise in appropriate differentiated content and instructional methods, who are involved in ongoing professional development, and who possess exemplary personal and professional traits. Pine-Richland provides support, training and time for classroom teachers to become part of the educational services for the gifted student. Inservice training for the entire staff will occur on an as needed basis and focus more on the big picture, especially, topics that apply across the board. Specific times are built into the teachers' schedules on a regular basis for classroom and gifted teachers to meet and plan for differentiation. Socio-Emotional Guidance and Counseling: Gifted education programming includes a plan to recognize and nurture the unique socio-emotional development of gifted learners. Pine-Richland addresses and is responsible for implementing strategies associated with the effective clustering and grouping of gifted students to best meet their learning styles as well as their unique socioemotional needs. Resources are provided for students to support their social and emotional well-being and to transition to post-secondary choices. Program Evaluation: Program evaluation is the systematic study of the value and impact of services provided. Multiple measures are used to evaluate the academic, social and emotional, and personal growth of individual students within the gifted program. Program Administration and Management: Appropriate gifted education programming includes the establishment of a systematic means of developing, implementing, and managing services. Administrators schedule planning time for classroom teachers and GATE teachers to coordinate a continuum of gifted services including acceleration, adapted curriculum, and differentiation. Administrators and teachers work together to strengthen the connection between the gifted teachers and regular classroom teachers. The classroom teacher is included in the development and implementation of the GIEP. Program Design/Curriculum and Instruction Pine-Richland School District is moving towards using the Response to Instruction and Intervention model to guide the development of gifted education services needed for identified students. This model uses the concept of tiers to capture accommodations and modifications of the general education curriculum necessary to meet needs of all learners. Tier I interventions represent those differentiations to curriculum and instruction that occur in the general education classroom. For students identified as gifted, these differentiations are enrichments to the general education curriculum. Tier II interventions are also enrichments to the general education curriculum and typically occur outside of the regular classroom. In contrast, Tier III interventions represent curriculum for alternative standards and are provided to a handful of identified students who are ready for accelerated curriculum that replaces the general education curriculum. Page 3

6 Pine-Richland School District Gifted Education Plan Curriculum and instruction for gifted students is based on the identified strengths of the gifted student as well as the school s local resources, student demographics, and faculty strengths and creativity. Teachers work collaboratively to take advantage of their resources in order to create meaningful, high-level and creative opportunities for students to develop their gifts. When making decisions about differentiation, students interests and learning styles are considered to provide enriched, challenging learning. Student data is used to cluster students, flexibly group students, or ability group students at all grade levels. Student data is also used to identify appropriate student placements and to give consideration to acceleration. Gifted programming is structured to enable a full continuum of services determined by regular and routine collaboration between gifted and general education teachers, parents and students. Student Identification Determining Gifted Eligibility Mentally gifted is defined as outstanding intellectual and creative ability, the development of which requires specially designed programs or support services, or both, not ordinarily provided in the regular education program. A child may be eligible for gifted education if he/she: Is a year or more above grade achievement level for the normal age group in one or more subjects. Demonstrates an observed or measured rate of mastering new academic content or skills that reflect gifted ability. Demonstrates achievement, performance, or expertise in one or more academic areas. Shows early and measured use of high-level thinking skills, academic creativity, leadership skills, intense academic interest areas, communication skills, foreign language aptitude, or technology expertise. Has documented, observed, validated, or assessed evidence that intervening factors are masking gifted ability. Screening and Evaluation Overview The term mentally gifted includes a person who has an IQ of 130 or higher or other factors that indicate gifted ability. Gifted ability cannot be based on an IQ score alone. If the IQ score is lower than 130, a child may be identified as gifted through multiple criteria and/or other conditions that strongly indicate gifted ability. The other factors to be considered may include: achievement test scores that are a year or more above level; observed or measured acquisition/retention rates that reflect gifted ability; achievement, performance, or expertise in one or more academic areas that demonstrates a high level of accomplishment; higher level thinking skills; and documented evidence that intervening factors are masking gifted ability. Screening Process The Pine-Richland School District has established procedures whereby the classroom teacher and/or school counselor reviews student performance throughout the school year. A general overview of the identification process across all grades levels is as follows: A teacher referral for a gifted evaluation occurs when the student, regardless of any disability, is suspected of being gifted due to the demonstration of the characteristics of mental giftedness consistent with the definition of mentally gifted or the performance level which exceeds that of other students in the regular education classroom. A classroom teacher may consider the following when making a referral to the building guidance counselor for the building screening: Grades Standardized achievement scores State assessment (PSSA & Keystone Exams) Out-of level CBAs Page 4

7 Pine-Richland School District Gifted Education Plan Gates MacGinitie AIMSWeb RTII discussions A parent may make a referral when they suspect their child is gifted. The parent may request in writing an evaluation at any time, with the limit of one request per school year. As per 22 PA Code (c), if a parent makes the request for an evaluation verbally, the school district must inform them to put their request in writing. When the District receives the written request, the parents will receive a Permission to Evaluate form within 10 calendar days of the written request. At that time, the building school counselor will be contacted to complete the building screening matrix whose points are required to complete the evaluation process. The District must receive a parent s signature on the Permission to Evaluate form in order to continue with the testing by the certified school psychologist. Once the guidance counselor receives the referral from the classroom teacher, a building screening matrix is completed. Students will receive points for meeting specified criteria, such as: Grades Standardized achievement scores Classroom observations Teacher rating scales Parent rating scale Group IQ test results A minimum number of points are required for the student to move on to the second phase of the evaluation, which includes the individual intelligence examination given by the certified school psychologist. Once the evaluation is completed, students are awarded points based on their scores on full scale, individual IQ tests. Finally, points are totaled based on student performance on these multiple criteria. It is possible to qualify for gifted support services with an IQ score below 130 if the student has met all or nearly all other criteria. Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation (GMDE) and Gifted Multidisciplinary Team (GMDT) A Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation (GMDE) is a process to gather the information that will be used to determine if a child qualifies for gifted education and, if so, the types of programs and services the student needs. Part of this process includes an evaluation by a certified school psychologist. The Gifted Multi-Disciplinary Team (GMDT) includes a certified school psychologist, the principal or district representative, the classroom teacher(s), the building school counselor and the parent(s) or guardian(s). The GMDT will conduct an evaluation that is sufficient in scope to investigate information relevant to the student s suspected giftedness, including academic functioning, learning strengths, rates of acquisition and retention, intervening factors that may mask the child s giftedness and educational needs. At any point, the parent(s) or guardian(s) can rescind the permission to evaluate and this must be done in writing by the parent(s) or guardians. Gifted Written Report (GWR) As a result of the GMDT, the school psychologist prepares a Gifted Written Report (GWR) that brings together the findings from the evaluation process which recommends whether a child is gifted and needs specially designed instruction. As a member of the Gifted Multidisciplinary Team (GMDT), a parent may present written information for consideration. The GWR must include the reasons for the recommendations and list the names and positions of everyone who was part of the team. The entire GMDT process must be completed within 60 calendar days, excluding summer vacation, from the date the school district receives the parent s written permission on the Permission to Evaluate form. Page 5

8 Pine-Richland School District Gifted Education Plan Gifted Multidisciplinary Reevaluation Gifted students must be reevaluated before a change in educational placement is recommended. Gifted students may be reevaluated at any time under recommendations by the GIEP team. All reevaluations must be developed in accordance with the requirements concerning evaluations in Chapter 16. The reevaluation must include a review of the student s GIEP, a determination of which instructional activities have been successful and recommendations for the revision of the GIEP. The reevaluation must be completed within 60 calendar days, excluding summer vacation, from the date the school district receives the parent s written permission on the Permission to Reevaluate form. Special Education and Gifted: Dual Identification If a student is determined to qualify for both gifted and special education services, the procedures in Chapter 14 pertaining to special education take precedence. For a student who has a current GIEP and is eligible for special education services, it is not necessary to conduct separate screening and evaluations or use separate procedural safeguards processes to provide for a student s needs as a student in need of both a gifted and special education services. For a student who currently received special education services and is thought to be in need of gifted education services as well, the procedures in Chapter 14 pertaining to a reevaluation will be followed. A single IEP is developed under Chapter 14 and implemented, revised and modified accordance with Chapter 16 and Chapter 14 regulations and addresses both the disability needs and gifted needs for that student. Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP) If the GMDT team decides the student is gifted and in need of gifted education, the Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP) team writes the GIEP at a meeting within 30 calendar days from the date of the GWR. The GIEP is based on the unique needs of the gifted student and enables the gifted student to participate in acceleration or enrichment programs, or both, as appropriate, and to receive services according to the student s intellectual and academic abilities and needs. Parents will be invited to participate on the team and to attend the GIEP team meeting. Parents and others who will be attending will be notified of the meeting at least 10 calendar days in advance. The GIEP team includes the student s parent(s) or guardian(s), one or more regular education teachers, the gifted teacher, the student (if appropriate), and an administrator who will represent the Learning Education Agency (LEA). The GIEP of each gifted student is based on the GMDT s written report and contains the following: Present Levels of Educational Performance: Establish the extent of gifted potential, academic functioning levels, the child's rates of acquisition/retention, and performance levels. Information would include the child's intellectual/academic assessments, grades, aptitudes and abilities, strengths, interests, and needs. Annual Goals: Are developed from the present levels of educational performance and are reasonably calculated to yield meaningful educational benefit and student progress within one year's time. Short-term Learning Outcomes: Designate the actions and activities that will help the child reach the annual goals, evaluation criteria to determine when the child has achieved the annual goals, and the timelines for achieving the goals. They should include what the student will produce, how he/she will apply the skills, or what real outcome will be achieved as a result of their engaging in a study, activity, project, or subject. Page 6

9 Pine-Richland School District Gifted Education Plan Specially Designed Instruction: Identifies the adaptations or modifications to the general curriculum, instruction, instructional environments, methods, materials, or a specialized curriculum. Specially designed instruction consists of planning and implementing varied approaches to content, process and product modification in response to the student's interests, ability levels, readiness, and learning needs. Support Services: Specify services that support students in achieving their GIEP goals, including college and career guidance, individual counseling, affective education, transportation, technology education, and flexible grouping. Dates: Indicate when the services will begin and their anticipated duration, based on one year of the services. The following timelines, as outlined in Chapter 16, pertain to GIEPs: The GIEP must be developed within 30 calendar days from the date/issuance of the GWR to parents. The GIEP must be implemented no more than 10 school days after it is signed or at the start of the following school year (if completed less than 30 calendar days before the last day of scheduled classes (16.62 (5)). The GIEP team must convene at least annually, or more frequently if conditions warrant. This meeting must take place at least one day before the previous year s GIEP meeting date. A GIEP team meeting must also convene if requested by a GIEP team member, the parent, the student or the school district. A copy of the GIEP must be provided to the parents, along with the Notice of Parental Rights. Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA) Upon completion of the GIEP, the parent/guardian will receive a Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA) and a Notice of Parental Rights for Gifted Children. The NORA will indicate the educational placement for the student and requires parent/guardian approval before the school district will begin implementation of the GIEP. The Notice of Parental Rights for Gifted Children describes parental rights and procedures that safeguard these rights. Parental Rights At all times, a parent has certain rights with all gifted education services received by their child. These rights include: The right to be notified about a child s program and progress, and any changes that take place The right to approve or reject programs and testing The right to privacy and confidentiality The right to make a formal complaint Page 7

10 Pine-Richland School District Gifted Education Plan Appendices Page 8

11 ... Use for Grades K-3 Pine-Richland School District Screening and Admission Matrix for Gifted Support Grades K-3 Building Level Screening Form Name Date of Birth Grade School Completed by Parent(s) Name Teacher Today s Date Address Phone Number Yes No Actual Points Or Scores Ratings of Classroom Performance: Is rating 22 points or higher? Pts. Ratings of Learning Characteristics: Is rating 30 points or higher? Pts. Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT):... Reading Is WRAT reading 95%ile or higher? %ile... Mathematics Is WRAT math 95%ile or higher? %ile Screening IQ Score (K-BIT) Is score 130 or higher?... if not using the K-BIT Name of test: Score Grade Point Average Is grade point average: All Proficient for current year? Grade Parent Rating Scale Is parent rating scale 70 points or higher? Pts. TOTAL YES COLUMN (Five [5] total yes responses required for further gifted screening) When the student scores five or more points on the screening and admission criteria matrix, the screener should refer the student to the principal, classroom teacher and school psychologist for a multidisciplinary team evaluation. Classroom Teacher School Psychologist Principal Other (OVER) Revised 1/09 Page 9

12 ... Use for Grades K-3 STUDENT S NAME To be forwarded to Psychologist s office: Teacher rating scales (Completed) Learning characteristics scale (Completed) Permanent record card which includes PSSA scores used on referral form Latest copy of report card Parent rating scale Has this student been tested before? If yes, date of testing THIS REFERRAL WAS INITIATED BY (Check all that apply): Counselor Teacher Principal Parent SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST MATRIX K-3 Elementary School Score on Individual Ability/Aptitude Evaluation Point Scale Total Composite IQ Score Total points on IQ Test Points Scored on Screening Matrix TOTAL POINTS MINIMUM POINTS REQUIRED FOR ELEMENTARY GIFTED ADMISSION - 13 POINTS RECOMMENDATION Student has met criteria and is eligible for the gifted program. Student has not yet met sufficient criteria and is not currently eligible for the gifted program. Date School Psychologist Revised 1/09 Page 10

13 ... Use for Grades 4-6 Pine-Richland School District Screening and Admission Matrix for Gifted Support Grades 4-6 Building Level Screening Form Name Date of Birth Grade School Completed by Parent(s) Name Teacher Today s Date Address Phone Number Yes No Actual Points Or Scores Ratings of Classroom Performance: Is rating 22 points or higher? Pts. Ratings of Learning Characteristics: Is rating 30 points or higher? Pts. PSSA:... Reading Is PSSA reading 95%ile or higher? %ile... Mathematics Is PSSA math 95%ile or higher? %ile Screening IQ Score Grade Point Average Is score 130 or higher? Name of test: Is grade point average: Score 3.7 for current year? Grade Parent Rating Scale Is parent rating scale 70 points or higher? Pts. TOTAL YES COLUMN (Five [5] total yes responses required for further gifted screening) When the student scores five or more points on the screening and admission criteria matrix, the screener should refer the student to the principal, classroom teacher and school psychologist for a multidisciplinary team evaluation. Classroom Teacher School Psychologist Principal Other (OVER) Revised 12/08 Page 11

14 ... Use for Grades 4-6 STUDENT S NAME To be forwarded to Psychologist s office: Teacher rating scales (Completed) Learning characteristics scale (Completed) Permanent record card which includes PSSA scores used on referral form Latest copy of report card Parent rating scale Has this student been tested before? If yes, date of testing THIS REFERRAL WAS INITIATED BY (Check all that apply): Counselor Teacher Principal Parent SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST MATRIX Upper Elementary School Score on Individual Ability/Aptitude Evaluation Point Scale Total Composite IQ Score Total points on IQ Test Points Scored on Screening Matrix TOTAL POINTS MINIMUM POINTS REQUIRED FOR ELEMENTARY GIFTED ADMISSION - 13 POINTS RECOMMENDATION Student has met criteria and is eligible for the gifted program. Student has not yet met sufficient criteria and is not currently eligible for the gifted program. Date School Psychologist Revised 12/08 Page 12

15 ... Use for Grades 7-12 Pine-Richland School District Screening and Admission Matrix for Gifted Support Grades 7-12 Building Level Screening Form Name Date of Birth Grade School Completed by Parent(s) Name Teacher Today s Date Address Phone Number Yes No Actual Points Or Scores 1. Does this student have a 3.75 grade average in core academic subjects as of latest marking period? (Include math, science, social studies, English and reading or foreign language) GPA 2. Is this student s cumulative grade point average for the last three years 3.75 or higher based on average of final grades? GPA 3. Did this student score at the 95%ile or higher on math PSSA? %ile 4. Did this student score at the 95%ile or higher on reading or English PSSA? %ile 5. Did the student obtain an IQ score of 130 or higher on a screening IQ test during the last 3 years? If yes, name of test: IQ 6. Did this student obtain a total of 1100 on the SAT Test or 110 on the PSAT (if SAT s were not yet taken/reported)? Score 7. Did this student obtain a teacher rating of 25 or higher:... In English or Reading Points... In Mathematics Points... In Science Points... In Social Studies Points 8. Is this student s average teacher rating for 3 or more teachers 25 points or higher? Points 9. Is the parent rating scale 70 points or higher? Points TOTAL YES COLUMN (Seven [7] total yes responses required for further gifted screening) When the student scores 7 or more points on the screening and admission criteria matrix, the screener should refer the student to the principal, classroom teacher and school psychologist for a multidisciplinary team evaluation. Classroom Teacher School Psychologist Principal Other Page 13

16 ... Use for Grades 7-12 STUDENT S NAME To be forwarded to Psychologist s office: Teacher rating scales (Completed) Learning characteristics scale (Completed) Permanent record card which includes PSSA scores used on referral form Latest copy of report card Parent rating scale Has this student been tested before? If yes, date of testing THIS REFERRAL WAS INITIATED BY (Check all that apply): Counselor Teacher Principal Parent SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST MATRIX Upper Elementary School Score on Individual Ability/Aptitude Evaluation Point Scale Total Composite IQ Score Total points on IQ Test Points Scored on Screening Matrix TOTAL POINTS MINIMUM POINTS REQUIRED FOR SECONDARY GIFTED ADMISSION - 14 POINTS RECOMMENDATION Student has met criteria and is eligible for the gifted program. Student has not yet met sufficient criteria and is not currently eligible for the gifted program. Date School Psychologist Page 14

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