Gifted Evaluation Process
Students may be referred for gifted screening by classroom teachers, the Teacher of Gifted Learners (TOGL), school principals, or parents. A child will be identified as gifted if they have a full-scale IQ of 130 or above, or if multiple criteria strongly indicate gifted ability.
Parents who believe their child may qualify for GIEP identification according to PA Chapter 16 guidelines and wish to request a screening should begin the process with a written request to their child’s principal or the Teacher of Gifted Learners in their child's school asking that their child be formally evaluated for gifted. Parents who have submitted a written request for evaluation will subsequently receive a Permission to Evaluate (PTE) form in the mail. Evaluation for gifted services can begin only after parents have signed the PTE and sent it back to the district. The evaluation process can take up to 60 days from the date RTSD receives the signed PTE.
The major steps in the gifted evaluation process are below and in the Gifted Evaluation Chart:
- Parent or school distict initiate the gifted referral.
Permission to Evaluate form is sent for parent to sign and return.
TOGL administers a brief IQ test, gets input from parents and teachers, conducts above grade level testing if needed, and reviews multiple criteria.
Based on results of step 3, if gifted identification is likely, TOGL recommends full-scale IQ testing or the TOGL/principal talks with parents about discontinuing testing (see below for rationale).
If parents request that screening continues move to step 6. If parents would like to discontinue the evaluation they should send a written request to the TOGL.
School psychologist administers IQ test and reports findings to GMDT.
Within 60 days of the return of signed Permission to Evaluate form, a Gifted Written Report is sent to the parents.
Gifted Evaluation Chart
Rationale for Discontinuing Gifted Evaluation Process
If initial screening indicates that gifted identification is not likely, parents may choose to discontinue the evaluation process for the following reasons:
Most students are not gifted. The National Association for Gifted Children estimates that only approximately 6% of the student population in the United States are gifted. The screening instruments and multiple criteria used in the early stages of the gifted identification process are designed to capture the greatest possible number of students who are potentially eligible for gifted identification under PA Chapter 16 and to advance them to further testing.
Many extremely bright, talented and successful students are not identified as gifted and have numerous opportunities to shine in Radnor Township School District. Only students who have demonstrated extremely high academic capability are recommended for gifted screening at all, and these students need to know that their parents are proud of them and that they are loved and accepted for who they are.
Children who are being tested for gifted identification are generally aware their parents love and accept them for who they are but can be demoralized by continuing a process that will result in their not being identified as gifted, especially if they sense that this identification is of particular importance to their parents. While it is important that children do their best during a screening for gifted education, it is equally important that parents reassure their children that attaining a particular level of performance on screening instruments is not what is most important.
It should also be noted that since testing for gifted identification is conducted during the school day, students will, of necessity, miss valuable instruction during testing time. Your child will benefit more from continued immersion in his or her academic activities than from further evaluation.
If parents decide to discontinue the gifted evaluation process they should send a written statement to the Teacher of Gifted Learners in their child's school. An email is acceptable.