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Questions regarding gifted education should first be addressed by your local school district's gifted education coordinator. If the question is not resolved at this level, contact your local intermediate unit's gifted liaison. The listing of intermediate units and gifted liaisons is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) website at www.education.pa.gov/gifted.
If after contacting these individuals the question is still unresolved, the next contact will depend on the nature of the question. If the question is regarding specific gifted education regulatory procedures such as the identification process, the Gifted Individualized Education Plan process or conflict resolution, the question should be directed to PDE's Bureau of Special Education at 717.786.6361.
If the question is regarding the regulatory content in the Pennsylvania Code (i.e., 22 Pa. Code Chapter 4), curriculum, instruction, types of programming, graduation requirements or instructional resources available on Pennsylvania's Standards Aligned System (SAS) portal the question should be directed to PDE's Bureau of Teaching and Learning at 717.214.4394.
Gifted education complaints and concerns regarding specific regulatory procedures such as the identification process, the Gifted Individualized Education Plan process or conflict resolution should be directed to PDE's Bureau of Special Education.
No, it is not part of the Special Education Plan mandated by the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 14). However, Chapter 4 mandates the following:
"Upon expiration of its current strategic planning phase, each school district shall develop and implement a gifted education plan every 6 years as required by § 16.4 (relating to strategic plans). A school district shall make its gifted education plan available for public inspection and comment for a minimum of 28 days prior to approval of the plan by the school district's board of directors."
Yes. A school district must locate and identify all students of school age who reside within the district who are thought to be gifted and in need of specially designed instruction. When considering a screening protocol for students, it is best practice to be as universal as possible to ensure no student has been overlooked. Screening at one particular grade level, using one particular test, or only in one domain area (i.e., literacy) is not an effective or universal screening process. It is necessary to use alternate screening methods if test bias is evident.
The Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code §16.2) indicates that each school district must, by direct service or through arrangement with other agencies, provide the following:
- Services and programs planned, developed and operated for the identification and evaluation of each gifted student;
- Gifted education for each gifted student which is based on the unique needs of the student, not solely on the student's classification; and
- Gifted education for gifted students which enables them to participate in acceleration or enrichment programs, or both, as appropriate, and to receive services according to their intellectual and academic abilities and needs.
No. School districts are not required to provide gifted services to students attending private schools. The Pennsylvania School Code does not limit the right of parents to have their gifted children educated at parochial or private schools, completely at private expense.
No, unless it is specifically addressed in the school's charter with the school district (brick- and-mortar charter school) or PDE (cyber charter school). Under the Pennsylvania School Code charter schools are not subject to gifted education regulations and, thus, charter and cyber schools are not required to provide gifted services to identified students.
Public awareness activities could include the following:
- Providing for the distribution of printed information regarding available gifted services and programs, and rights to due process; and
- Providing annual public notification (published or announced in newspapers, or other media with circulation adequate to notify parents throughout the school district) of child identification activities.
Good practice for providing annual public notification would include the following:
- A description of gifted services and programs available, and the needs of children served by these services;
- The purpose, frequency, and tools considered as part of the screening process to be held in the district;
- A description of how to request that the district initiate screening or evaluation activities for a child;
- The steps, team members, and tools considered as part of the evaluation process to be held in the district; and
- An explanation of the protection of the confidentiality of information obtained regarding a specific child.
Subject results means subtests of achievement tests or out-of-level testing should provide results that can be used to determine placement in academic instruction in all academic subject areas.
School age is the period of a child's life from the earliest admission to a school district's kindergarten program, or when no kindergarten program is provided, the district's earliest admission for beginners until the child turns 21 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs first. For information regarding school age and attendance in public schools see Article 13 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code and Chapter 11 of the Pennsylvania Code.
No, a school district is not required to provide services to students who are not of school age and not enrolled in the public school.
Criteria for a Gifted Designation
Yes, the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code §16.21) indicates that a person with an IQ lower than 130 may be identified as gifted when other educational criteria in the student's profile strongly indicate gifted ability. An IQ score may not be the sole criteria for identifying a student as a gifted student.
No. A gifted student is a student who meets the definition of "mentally gifted" and needs specially designed instruction beyond that required in the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 4). Determination of eligibility for specially designed instruction is the responsibility of the Gifted Multidisciplinary Team.
No. Each school district must establish procedures for determining whether a student is mentally gifted through a screening and evaluation process that meets the requirements of the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16). Chapter 16 defines the term mentally gifted as "a person who has an IQ of 130 or higher or when multiple criteria indicate gifted ability." The matrix used by the school district may not be more restrictive than the requirements of the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16).
The multiple criteria indicating a student may be mentally gifted include:
- A year or more above grade achievement level in one or more subjects as measured by nationally normed and validated achievement tests.
- An observed or measured rate of acquisition/retention of new academic content or skills.
- Demonstrated achievement, performance or expertise in one or more academic areas as evidenced by excellence of products, portfolio, or research, as well as criterion-referenced team judgment.
- Early and measured use of high level thinking skills (Guilford/Bloom's Taxonomy), academic creativity, leadership skills, intense academic interest areas, communications skills, foreign language aptitude or technology expertise.
- Documented, observed, validated or assessed evidence that intervening factors such as English as a second language, learning disability, physical impairment, emotional disability, gender or race bias, or socio/cultural deprivation are masking gifted abilities.
In addition to nationally normed tests correlated to the Pennsylvania Core Standards, there are many resources available through the Standards Aligned System to identify the level of a student's achievement within the Pennsylvania grade and course level standards. Also, there are suggested assessments, an assessment builder, learning progressions, classroom diagnostic tools, etc. to help determine if a child is working a year or more above grade level.
Rate of acquisition is the rapidity or speed at which the student is able to acquire, understand, and demonstrate competency or mastery of new learning. Rate of acquisition and rate of retention of new materials/skills can be defined as how many repetitions the student needs before the student masters new information/skills and can use the information/skills appropriately any time thereafter. This data can be obtained by simple procedures such as Curriculum Based Assessment, direct observation, and reporting from parents, teachers or supervisors.
When looking at the term "multiple criteria," in the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code §16.21(e)), what does "measured use" mean when referenced as follows: "early and measured use of high level thinking skills, academic creativity, leadership skills, intense academic interest areas, communications skills, and foreign language aptitude or technology expertise"?
Early and measured use of high level thinking skills could include checklists, inventories, and anecdotal notes. It could also include documentation of developmental milestones that are reached earlier than average students reach the milestone. For example:
- The average kindergarten student uses symbols and letters to represent words. A kindergarten student who is able to spell common words correctly, make appropriate and varied word choices, and/or understands common capitalization and end punctuation would be demonstrating achievements that are a result of early and measured use of high level thinking skills.
The psychological evaluation may be put into the "Ability and Achievement Test Scores" section of the Gifted Written Report.
Yes. The Gifted Written Report includes "Ability and Achievement Test Scores" under Findings & Assessment of Academic Functioning. This allows for the knowledge level of gifted students to be sufficiently addressed to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16).
In the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16) it does not require signatures on the Gifted Written Report. The Gifted Written Report is a compilation of information from the gifted multidisciplinary team. The Gifted Written Report contains information provided by the school district, by the parent, and/or anyone with information concerning the student's educational needs and strengths. This information is used by the gifted multidisciplinary team to determine if a child is gifted and needs specially designed instruction. By regulation the proper place for formal parent agreement/disagreement with what is being proposed by the school district is the Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA) issued to the parent by the school district.
Yes, however group achievement test scores should be only one piece of the achievement information included in the Gifted Written Report. Additional achievement information may include: individualized achievement or ability tests; book or unit tests; end-of-the year tests; curriculum-based assessments; or other on and above grade-level testing. These assessment results may be needed to identify the instructional or academic functioning level, and to support educational placement of the gifted student.
When determining a student's growth, the gifted multidisciplinary team should first consider achievement of grade- or course-level standards and assessments to determine where a student is academically at the time a Gifted Individualized Education Plan is created. In addition, standardized test data could be used to determine percentile ranking, which indicates whether growth has occurred. Progress on annual goals using the objective criteria, agreed upon by the Gifted Individualized Education Plan team during the Gifted Individualized Education Plan development process, are also important factors in determining the amount of growth that has occurred over the 12-month period.
No, classroom observation is not required for the Gifted Written Report.
It is preferable to write a statement such as "the evaluation does not indicate intervening factors."
According to the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code §16.22(i)) the gifted multidisciplinary team shall determine a student's eligibility for gifted services. According to the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code §16.32(c) (4)), the determination will be made at the Gifted Individualized Education Plan meeting as to whether the student is gifted. This confusion was cleared up in the Basic Education Circular released by the PDE (dated May 11, 2009), wherein it was clarified that the gifted multidisciplinary team makes the eligibility determination. If a child is determined not to be eligible, then there is no need for a Gifted Individualized Education Plan meeting. However, as the parents are members of the gifted multidisciplinary team, which carries out the gifted multidisciplinary evaluation, they should be invited to participate in a gifted multidisciplinary team meeting where the eligibility determination is made and any recommendations are developed collaboratively. At this meeting parents should receive the Notice of Parental Rights for Gifted Students.
Yes, all of the information on the state promulgated formats must be included, but additional items may be added. The minimum requirements for compliance have been included and districts that go beyond that do so knowing it may establish precedence.
No. A waiver for this process is not referenced in the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16). According to the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter §16.23(a)), "Gifted students shall be reevaluated before a change in educational placement is recommended for the student. In addition, gifted students may be reevaluated at any time under recommendation by the GIEP team".
If the evaluation will require the administration of new assessments, then a Permission to Evaluate should be distributed and parent permission is required to proceed. If the evaluation process is just a review of records, and there are no new assessments, then parent permission is not required and a Notice of Intent to Re-Evaluate should be distributed.
Gifted Individualized Education Plan
The identification of a gifted student is dependent upon demonstrated strength in one or more academic areas. If a child does not excel in those areas then it is the responsibility of the Gifted Individualized Education Plan team to determine if something is masking the child's gifted ability. Without the presence of a strength, or evidence that intervening factors such as English as a second language or a disability are present, the student's educational needs should be met through general education curriculum.
Objective criteria would set the level, standard, grade, and/or performance measured by a rubric, or the percent of mastery or completion expected. It is the evidence that will be collected by the Gifted Individualized Education Plan team to establish progress on stated goals or short-term learning objectives.
The Gifted Individualized Education Plan is a strength-based document and if a learning need exists that stems from a student's strength, it belongs in the Gifted Individualized Education Plan. The need(s) can be noted in the present levels and used to craft a goal/short- term learning outcome, or it can be incorporated into the specially designed instruction. An example of a need based on a student's strength might be support for long-term projects because he/she is working independently as part of a compaction opportunity. A child may need a learning contract developed to help chunk the project into intermediate steps with clear guidelines and expectations in order for resources to be secured ahead of time and allow the student the maximum opportunity to work independently.
If a learning need does meet the definition of a disability and it is preventing the child from accessing the general education curriculum, then all needs, goals, short-term learning outcomes, specially designed instruction, and support services need to be addressed in one document, an individualized education plan according to the procedures in the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 14).
If the learning need stems from a student's weakness and it is not a documented disability, it can be noted in the present levels section of the Gifted Individualized Education Plan, but it is not addressed in the goals, short-term learning outcomes, or specially-designed instruction. For instance, if a child struggles with organization and it is not connected to a disability or a medical diagnosis, it would be helpful for the Gifted Individualized Education Plan team to understand that aspect of a child's learning. The team (consisting of general education and gifted education staff) will provide support in accordance with Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa.
Code Chapter 4) through normal differentiation that would be offered to a child who struggles with organization and is not identified gifted. Therefore, since the support provided is not beyond the scope of the general education curriculum, there is no need to write it in a Gifted Individualized Education Plan as specially designed instruction.
Benefit meaningfully means accomplishment of or significant progress toward the Gifted Individualized Education Plan annual goals. A gifted student would have benefitted greatly when his/her rate of learning results in a rate of achievement. For example: A student is determined to need an acceleration rate that is 1½ times faster than the average, that is the student would be expected to learn 1½ years of new material in one school year. Meaningful benefit for that student would be achieving at least 1½ years academic growth for one year spent in school. The state expectation for all non-identified students is one year of academic achievement for one year enrolled in school.
There is no level of intervention for gifted support services in the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16).
According to Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 15) a student with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits or prohibits participation or access to an aspect of the student's school program may require a 504 Service Agreement to establish aids, services, and accommodations to access the general curriculum. There is no requirement to include or prohibit a 504 Plan in a Gifted Individualized Education Plan. For additional consideration, a side by side comparison of Chapter 15 and Chapter 16 is available from your intermediate unit's gifted liaison. If the student has a Gifted Individualized Education Plan, the 504 Agreement could be referenced in the Support Services section of the Gifted Individualized Education Plan.
The purpose of the waiting period is to provide parents the opportunity to reflect on the process. If the Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA) is presented in person at the time of the Gifted Individualized Education Plan meeting, parents have five calendar days to return the signed agreement. If the Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA) is sent home by certified mail after the meeting, parents have ten days to provide their response.
Without a signed Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA), the district will not be able to proceed with implementation of the initial Gifted Individualized Education Plan. For a Gifted Individualized Education Plan that is in the annual review cycle, the district may proceed with the proposed changes after the waiting period (which is determined by when the Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA) is presented to the parents) as long as both parties agreed to the changes and the parents have not submitted a written disapproval. A waiver of this process is not contemplated in the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16).
The purpose of the five-calendar day waiting period is to give the parents an opportunity to notify the district within the five-day period of a decision to revoke the previous approval of the recommended assignment. In addition it provides the district the opportunity to make the necessary changes to accommodate the services provided in the Gifted Individualized Education Plan. This includes schedule changes, notification of teachers about responsibilities outlined in the Gifted Individualized Education Plan, and coordination of support services. A waiver of this process is not contemplated by the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16).
The regulations do not require a signature on the Gifted Individualized Education Plan, but the names and positions of the Gifted Individualized Education Plan team participants must be on the document. It should be noted beside the name whether the person was in attendance at the Gifted Individualized Education Plan team meeting or merely provided input.
The Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA) should be provided to parents with an annual Gifted Individualized Education Plan or anytime a significant change is made to the Gifted Individualized Education Plan (new Present Levels that significantly change the Goals and Short Term Learning Outcomes). A Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA) provides the parents with formal opportunity to agree or disagree with the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of gifted education as written in the Gifted Individualized Education Plan.
Achievement may be measured through the short-term learning outcomes. The short-term learning outcomes are written as steps to reach the annual goal and are measurable.
No, only a gifted multidisciplinary team (which may have many of the same members as the Gifted Individualized Education Plan team) can make that decision after a reevaluation has occurred. According to Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code § 16.23(a) (d)) a reevaluation needs to occur when:
- Gifted students shall be re-evaluated before a change in educational placement is recommended for the student. In addition, gifted students may be re- evaluated at any time under recommendation by the Gifted Individualized Education Plan team.
- Reevaluations shall be developed in accordance with the requirements concerning evaluation in this chapter.
- Reevaluations must include a review of the student's
Education Plan, a determination of which instructional activities have been successful, and recommendations for the revision of the
- The reevaluation timeline for gifted students will be 60 calendar days, except that the calendar days from the day after the last day of the spring school term up to and including the day before the first day of the subsequent fall school term may not be counted.
As referenced in the previous question, a Gifted Individualized Education Plan team cannot make the decisions regarding eligibility. Therefore, it is up to the Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team to determine if a student is gifted and requires specially designed instruction. The Notice of Recommended Assignment documents the decision. A student who is not gifted does not receive a Gifted Individualized Education Plan. If the Gifted Individualized Education Plan team suspects a child may no longer be in need of services, any member of the team can request a reevaluation.
All procedures outlined in Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16) are in place for any student whose Gifted Individualized Education Plan anniversary date is prior to 30 days of graduation, therefore a gifted team meeting must be held and a Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA) issued if the annual review is outside of the last 30 calendar days of school.
No. The results of a psychological evaluation help to determine if there exists the aptitude for advanced learning based on the child's cognitive functioning. Once the results have been used to help make a recommendation, then it is the job of the Gifted Individualized Education Plan team to determine how the present levels of educational performance suggest which academic area(s) should be considered for writing an annual goal and whether enrichment, acceleration, or a combination of both are the most appropriate for educational planning.
Professional personnel shall consist of certified individuals responsible for identifying gifted students and providing gifted education in accordance with Article XI of Pennsylvania Public School Code (see 24 P.S. §§11-1101-- 11-1195), and Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa.Code §16.5 (a)).
Therefore, public school certification is required, but a specific certificate is not designated to be a gifted support teacher. An Instructional certificate may be used at any grade level for the enrichment services. Any gifted course for which a grade is given would fall under different parameters and require a certificate specific to the content and grade level.
According to the Gifted Education Guidelines, issued by PDE, consideration should be given to the following when hiring a teacher of the gifted:
- All personnel working with the gifted should be certified to teach in the area to which they are assigned and should be aware of the unique learning differences and needs of gifted learners at that grade level.
- An Instructional II certificate or other evidence of experience is preferred. It is possible for a beginning teacher to be an excellent teacher of the gifted when he/she possesses most of the characteristics described in the Gifted Education Guidelines and has proper gifted education in-service, continuing education, or training programs to help understand the needs and characteristics of gifted students and appropriate curricula.
- Teachers of the gifted are encouraged to stay actively involved in professional development in the field of gifted education through a graduate degree program, graduate coursework or informal training such as institutes, intermediate unit continuing education, distance learning or district in-service programs.
While the certification policy represents minimum requirements, in order to provide the best service to gifted students, districts can look beyond the instructional certificate to match the teaching qualities described in these guidelines to make the best instructional match possible.
If a school counselor has a current instructional certificate there is nothing that prevents the counselor from serving in this capacity. However, consideration should be given to prorating his/her caseload based on his/her counseling responsibilities.
The Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16) is a regulation adopted by the State Board of Education under the authority of the Pennsylvania Public School Code (see 24 P.S. §§13- 1371, 26-2601-B and 26-2602-B), and is law. The Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. §16.41 (c)) limits the total number of gifted students which can be on an individual gifted teacher's caseload to a maximum of 65 students and limits the total number of gifted students that can be on an individual gifted teacher's class roster to a maximum of 20 students. Caseload and class size maximums do not quantify the level of service; therefore, it does not prorate case limits based on the amount of service provided. Chapter 16 does not allow for "monitoring only" Gifted Individualized Education Plans since each plan requires a goal that is broken down into short term learning outcomes and supported through specially designed instruction.
Advanced Placement or honors courses alone do not constitute specially designed instruction unless they are offered to a student who would not normally qualify according to the district's criteria or there are additional supports offered within the course that are beyond the scope of the general education curriculum. If the service meets the definition of specially designed instruction, the course goals should be included in the Gifted Individualized Education Plan document with all supporting data to complete the process.
How does the caseload requirement apply to gifted support teachers who serve as both caseload managers and teachers of record for courses offered in compliance with Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 4) or in some other capacity (school counselors)? Are the total number of students permitted on a teacher's caseload prorated based on other teaching duties?
The caseload is calculated using the Full-Time Equivalency of 1.0 = 1 gifted support professional. School entities should prorate the caseload based on other teaching responsibilities as defined in their contract. One teacher may be reported as the teacher of record for .60 Full-Time Equivalency or ⅗ of an assignment teaching general education courses with Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 4) guidelines and .40 Full-Time Equivalency as gifted support case manager. The permitted number of students on the gifted support teacher's caseload for this example would be 26.
If the course in question is considered appropriate based on the Gifted Individualized Education Plan of each student, then it is part of the caseload responsibilities. It is important to note, that if this course is in a particular content area for which a grade is given, the teacher of record must have the proper certification for the course. If the course in question is part of the general education offering and students other than those identified as gifted are enrolled or the course is not unique to the specially designed instruction outlined in the Gifted Individualized Education Plan (and therefore a general education course) it should be considered separate from the caseload responsibilities.
Not necessarily. The compliance monitoring for students with disabilities is a federal law requirement per 34 CFR § 300.149-153 that must include specific responsibilities by the state education agency to receive federal funds. The federal law does not include gifted in the compliance monitoring process. However, the list of schools being monitored for gifted education will be randomly chosen from the same list of schools being monitored by the Bureau of Special Education. It is the intent of PDE to monitor a minimum of 10 districts a year for compliance with gifted education regulations. There may be targeted monitoring if a school district is repeatedly reported to be out of compliance with Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16). The decision to conduct a targeted monitoring is up to the discretion of PDE.
Yes. The person serving as the district representative must meet all three requirements of the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code §16.32(b) (3)) which says: "A representative of the district, who will serve as the chairperson of the Gifted Individualized Education Plan team, who is knowledgeable of resources of the district, AND who is authorized by the district to commit those resources." If a teacher/school counselor does not have authorization to commit district resources, then he/she cannot be the district representative.
The Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16) requires that a dually diagnosed student must have their gifted needs and strengths addressed as part of the individualized education plan. Information on both exceptionalities may be used to mesh the special instruction, acceleration, and/or graduation requirements.
Yes. For students identified with dual exceptionalities, the needs established under gifted status in Chapter 16 must also satisfy the procedures required in Chapter 14.
No. There is no specific requirement for gifted reevaluation.
The evaluation or reevaluation is of the child, not the exceptionality. The notice is to inform the parent of the types of assessments being conducted therefore, school districts should include the type of assessments on the notice.
The school district must follow the provisions of the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 12) when disciplining a mentally gifted student. Under certain circumstances, a student of compulsory school age may require some form of educational experience.
Parents may represent themselves at a hearing, but the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code §16.63(h)) provides that parents may be represented by legal counsel, and accompanied and advised by individuals with special knowledge or training with respect to students who are gifted.
No. Independent evaluations are at the parents' expense.
No. Recovery of attorney fees may only be pursued in cases involving students with disabilities under federal law.
Yes. Affiliate groups and/or attorneys can file requests for assistance with PDE. However, requests for assistance concerning the Gifted Individualized Education Plan of a specific child must name that child.
An administrative proceeding would be a pre-hearing conference, mediation, or due process hearing.
In the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code §16.63 (h)) it states that parents may be represented by legal counsel, and accompanied and advised by individuals with special knowledge or training with respect to students who are gifted.
According to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, the educational agency must comply with a written request to access records within a reasonable period of time but not more than 45 days after it has received the request.
Yes. A school district or parent could wait until five days before the hearing to make records available. If the information is not disclosed by that time, that information cannot be used as evidence.
There should be no purposeful delay in meeting the request. However, factors like holidays or weekends might prevent an immediate response.
No. The Office of Dispute Resolution will not summarize current decisions. Resolved cases will be made public with all identifying information redacted only with parent consent.
During the evaluation and/or annual planning process, the parents receive the Notice of Parental Rights for Gifted Students. If a disagreement exists between the parents and the district, the parents must note their disagreement on the Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA) and request either mediation or due process hearing, as outlined in the Notice of Parental Rights for Gifted Students. If, after mediation, the conflict is still not resolved, or if the school district refuses to accede to a request to mediate the dispute, it may be forwarded to a due process hearing.
Yes. Participants are defined in the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Chapter 16) as "other persons appearing at the mediation conference on behalf of either party, such as family members and specialists."
Yes. The print setup may be altered to compact the document and two sided copies may be made. If the school district chooses to shrink the Notice of Parental Rights for Gifted Students, care should be taken to be sure the print is readable.
Yes. However it is the final decision of the school district to determine if high school graduation credit should be awarded for high school courses taken in the middle school.
PDE continuously evaluates the gifted resources posted on its website, and updates forms and policies as necessary to ensure the dissemination of current and accurate information. Also, as the Standards Aligned System portal is continuously developed and updated, learning enrichment resources available for gifted and advanced students are included. Lesson plan extensions are currently being developed in the core content areas for use by students who have already mastered the academic standards and are ready for more challenging work.
In addition, a gifted liaison appointed at each intermediate unit fulfills the following responsibilities:
- Attends the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units gifted liaison network meetings held quarterly;
- Develops local gifted education networks to establish communication links between school districts, intermediate units, and PDE;
- Assists in the development of materials for and participates in local, regional and statewide gifted education trainings;
- Works with other gifted liaisons to develop and conduct regional training;
- Participates in train-the-trainer sessions;
- Conducts professional development within districts; and
- Attends at least one professional development training in gifted education per year.
At the current time, forms are only available in English.