Gifted Child Find Screening

Gifted Child Find Screening

Gifted Child Find Screening

POTTSTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Our Mission: To Prepare each student, by name, for success at every level

Pottstown School District’s Gifted Child Find Documents including Screening and Eligibility Chart

In compliance with Chapter 16, (PA Code 16.21 (b)), the Pottstown School District is responsible for locating, identifying, and educating school-aged students requiring specially-designed programs or services:

Universal Screening Procedures

Chapter 16 requires that “Each school district shall adopt and use a system to locate and identify all students within that district who are thought to be gifted and in need of specially designed instruction.” (22 PA Code 16.21 (a))

“Each school district shall determine the student’s needs through a screening and evaluation process which meets the requirements of this chapter.” (22PA Code 16.21(c))

Pottstown School District engages in a number of formal processes to identify potential candidates for gifted education services. Additionally, each school engages in ongoing data-analysis that identifies students who may be in need for specially-designed instruction.

Universal Screening Process Levels of Assessment

Universal Screening

Literacy

Math

Cut-Offs/Thresholds

2nd grade January

DIBELS

300>

3rd grade October

DIBELS

CDT

Literacy - 500>

Math – 1200>

4th grade October

DIBELS

PSSA

CDT

PSSA

Literacy - 500>

PSSA - Advanced

Math – 1200>

PSSA - Advanced

6th grade October

CDT

PSSA

CDT

PSSA

Literacy – 1600>

PSSA - Advanced

Math – 1600>

PSSA - Advanced

   

TIER II

Screening Layer

Assessment(s)

Persons Responsible

Cut-Offs/Thresholds

PSD Multiple Criteria Gifted Screening Matrix

Record Review

WRAT – 4 Reading Composite

Gifted Rating Scale

Chuska Scale - Rate of Acquisition

Chuska Scale – Rate of Retention

School Psychologists

Gifted Support Teacher

Intervention Specialists

Guidance Counselors

Classroom teachers

Pottstown School District Multiple Criteria Gifted Screening Matrix Total Score 52-36 Continue Assessment

<35 Discontinue Assessment

TIER III

Indicators of giftedness should be drawn from a wide variety of sources. The Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation is a process to gather the information that will assist in determining if a child is mentally gifted according to the state’s definition. The evaluation should look at information relevant to the student’s suspected giftedness including academic functioning, learning strengths, and educational needs.

The Pottstown School District uses a Multiple Criteria Gifted Identification Matrix which includes the WASI-II to determine a Full Scale IQ/General Ability Index OR Verbal Comprehension Index OR Perceptual Reasoning Index. The matrix also includes a WIATT-III for Reading Comprehension and a WIAT-III for Math Reasoning, a Gifted Rating Scale, a Parent Nomination Form, a Chuska Scale measuring Rate of Acquisition and a Chuska Scale measuring Rate of Retention, last two items completed by the students’ teacher. If a student scores 55 to 44 on the matrix, they are considered gifted and an MDE team is convened to determine IF the student is in need of specially designed instruction and if so, the team will develop a GIEP.

The MDE team consists of the parent, LEA, school psychologist, classroom teacher, and gifted support teacher.


Definition of Giftedness and Referral Process

Definition

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. (22 Pa. Code 16.1)

Referral Process

Chapter 16 requires that school districts use “multiple criteria” in the screening of students for eligibility in gifted programs. Students will enter into Gifted Support Programs because they meet the selection criteria and also show a need for specially designed instruction as required by Chapter 16 regulations.

Students can be screened at any grade for the program and may be referred for a Gifted Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation (GMDE) through any of the following avenues:

Teacher Referral: A student’s teacher and school counselor have received training related to the characteristics of gifted students. If the teacher feels that a student may be in need of specially designed instruction, they will make the referral.

Parent Referral: A parent can, at any time, request that his or her child be screened for Gifted Support. Parents may contact any school official regarding their interest in comprehensive screening. When a verbal request for a GMDE is made, the school must provide the parents a copy of the Permission to Evaluate form with 10 calendar days of the oral request. District will issue a Permission to Evaluate and following parental consent on this form, the District has 60 calendar days to complete a GWR followed by a GMDE meeting to discuss the outcomes of the GWR.

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