• Gifted and Talented Identification Process

    A mentally gifted student is one with outstanding intellectual and creative ability, the development of which requires individually designed programs and/or support services. The term gifted is a special education identification for a person who has an IQ of 130 or higher or has a profile which strongly indicated gifted ability through multiple criteria.  The identification process for Gifted and Talented Education encompasses a broad range of evaluation measures, including teacher recommendation, student-created portfolio, psychologist evaluation, checklist of giftedness indicators, and/or standardized test scores.  Check out the Parent Resource Guide for more information or email us!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

    Step 1:  Request for Evaluation

    • Parents, Teachers, or other stakeholders request that a student is evaluated for Gifted services.
    • Parent(s) signs a Permission to Evaluate. (Please see below for who to contact to request a Permission to Evaluate form)
    • School Counselors/Social Worker gathers information on the student and the school psychologists conducts a psychological evaluation.
    • School based staff develops a Gifted Written Report (GWR).
    • The Gifted Multidisciplinary Team (parents, school psychologists, teachers) review the GWR and makes a recommendation regarding the need for specially designed instruction within 60 days of the Permission to Evaluate.                                                                                                                                                                              

    Step 2:  Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA)

    • If the team does find the student is in need of Gifted Support Services, a Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP) is written within 30 days.  This personalized plan allows for differentiated instruction and support where needed.
    • If the team does not find the student is in need of Gifted Support Services, the student will remain in his/her regular education placement.
    • Parents have 10 days to return the NORA.  Gifted services cannot begin without a signed NORA.

    To begin the identification process by requesting a Permission to Evaluate form, please contact the following individuals: 

    My student is enrolled in...  Contact Person & Information
    •  Grades 9-12 at all Private High Schools 
    Francine Ravenell
    • Grades K-8 at  Pittsburgh Grandview & Dilworth
    •  Grades 9-12 at all PPS High Schools  
     Please Contact the School Counselor
    •  Grades K-4 at all other PPS schools and all Private Schools
    Barb Bradley 
    •  Grades 5-8 at all other PPS schools and all Private Schools
    Amy Primm