Welcome to Gifted Education
Gifted Support Teacher: Ms. Colleen DiMaggio
Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/h
What Is Giftedness?
In Pennsylvania, '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. The term 'mentally gifted' includes a person who has an IQ of 130 or higher or a person who meets multiple criteria indicating gifted ability.
What Might Giftedness Look Like?
- In comparison to similarly-aged peers within a setting, the following observable behaviors may indicate gifted ability:
- Acquires new academic information quickly and with little practice
- Asks questions frequently; highly curious
- Retains and recalls academic information with ease
- Unusually large vocabulary
- Understands nuanced language and complex ideas
- Has well developed expressive communication
- Reasons abstractly to solve problems and puzzles
- Generalizes learned information to novel situations
- Deep, intense academic interests
- Uses high-level thinking skills, such as analysis, evaluation and synthesis
- Has well-developed leadership skills
- Concerns for social and political issues
How Does A Student Become Eligible For Services?
The District's established procedures for screening and evaluation for gifted education align with Pennsylvania's Department of Education Chapter 16 provisions. Screening is a systematic process to determine the need for evaluation for gifted education services. Evaluation is the systematic process through which the need for gifted education services is determined. The determination of gifted ability is not based on IQ score alone. A person with an IQ score lower than 130 may be eligible to receive gifted education services when other educational criteria in the person's profile strongly indicate gifted ability.
Multiple criteria indicating gifted ability may include:
- A year or more above grade level achievement
- Demonstrated achievement, performance or expertise in one or more academic areas
- An observed accelerated rate of acquisition of new information and retention of it
- Frequent use of high-level thinking skills, academic creativity, leadership skills, intense academic interests communication skills, foreign language aptitude, or technology expertise
- Evidence that factors, such as gender or race bias, socio/cultural deprivation, disabilities, or limited English proficiency, are masking gifted abilities