Gifted and Talented Identification ProcessA 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:
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- Grades 9-12 at all Private High Schools
- Grades K-8 at Pittsburgh Grandview & Dilworth
- Grades 9-12 at all PPS High Schools
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- Grades K-4 at all other PPS schools and all Private Schools
- Grades 5-8 at all other PPS schools and all Private Schools