Eligibility Determination

  • The Saucon Valley School District will follow and implement the Chapter 16 regulations regarding the identification of mentally gifted student by conducting a Gifted Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation (GMDE). Team members must include: student, one or more parents, certified school psychologist, and general education teacher. Additional members may be added to the team as requested by any member of the GMDE team.

    The scope of the evaluation for a student will consider the following criteria:

    (1) A year or more above grade achievement level for the normal age group in one or more subjects as measured by Nationally normed and validated achievement tests able to accurately reflect gifted performance in combination with Curriculum Based Assessments.

    (2) An observed or measured rate of acquisition/retention of new academic content or skills that reflect gifted ability.

    (3) 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.

    (4) Early and measured use of high level thinking skills, academic creativity, leadership skills, intense academic interest areas, communications skills, foreign language aptitude or technology expertise.

    (5) Documented, observed, validated or assessed evidence that intervening factors such as English as a second language, disabilities defined in 34 CFR 300.8 (relating to child with a disability), gender or race bias, or socio/cultural deprivation are masking gifted abilities.

    Once a GMDE evaluation is complete, a Gifted Multi-disciplinary Team (GMDT) reviews all materials, which includes parent input, and prepares a Gifted Written Report (GWR) that recommends whether the child is gifted and needs specially designed instruction.

    If so, the parent and teacher will be involved in writing a Gifted Individualized Education Program (GIEP).  If a student is determined to not meet the eligibility and need criteria for participation in Gifted Support Services, state regulations permit re-testing once a year.  Procedural Safeguards can also be found by clicking here.