North Penn Gifted Education


Prepared by NPAGE: updated January 24, 2007

Q: What is Gifted Education?

A: Gifted Education is a service provided by the school district for qualified students. As defined by the State of Pennsylvania:

Gifted education—Specially designed instruction to meet the needs of a gifted student that is:
(i) Conducted in an instructional setting.
(ii) Provided in an instructional or skill area.
(iii) Provided at no cost to the parents.
(iv) Provided under the authority of a school district, directly, by referral or by contract.
(v) Provided by an agency.
(vi) Individualized to meet the educational needs of the student.
(vii) Reasonably calculated to yield meaningful educational benefit and
student progress.
(viii) Provided in conformity with a GIEP.
(PA Code, 22 § 16.1)

Q: What students qualify for services?

A: Students must be evaluated and identified by the school district. The criteria is set forth by the school district under the guidelines of Pennsylvania Law. This is generally accepted as an IQ score of 130 or higher, but IQ is not the only criteria. Students with lower than 130 IQ may be accepted as defined by Pennsylvania Law.

(PA Code, 22 § 16.21)

Q: When should my child be evaluated?

A: Gifted Students are defined as any child of “school age”. (PA Code, 22 § 16.1) This means K-12. The sooner your child is tested, the sooner your child can be qualified for services. As a parent, it will be up to you and your child to determine when is the best time to be evaluated. Qualification is forever, even if a family chooses not to receive services after qualifying, the services can be started later in the year or at a later grade. The evaluation, including the IQ test and scores, are adjusted for age. Being comfortable is the most important factor for both the parent and the child.

Q: How do I get my child evaluated?

A: Send a written request to your building principal. See sample letter on the NPAGE website under “Is my child gifted?” (PA Code, 22 § 16.22(c))

Q: What is the evaluation process like?

A: (under construction)

Q: What is a GIEP?

A: A GIEP is a Gifted Individualized Education Program. This is a plan for the gifted services to be delivered to a specific child. It should include a description of the child and his/her abilities, the child’s needs, and goals for fulfilling that child’s needs with measurements.

Q: What is “Resource”?

A: Resource is the name of the gifted delivery program at the Elementary Level, specific to North Penn School District. The “Resource” teacher is the teacher assigned to provide the gifted education services to the identified students. Presently every two elementary schools are assigned one “Resource” teacher, except for the elementary chairperson teacher who only has one school. The Resource teacher works with the homeroom teacher and pulls-out the Gifted Students for separate classes.

Q: Does my child have to make up the missed class work during pull-out Resource?

A: Depends. This should be coordinated with the Gifted Resource Teacher and the homeroom teacher and the agreement should be written into the GIEP. An example of a statement that can be included in a GIEP is “Missed work does not need to be made up unless it is essential to Sally’s mastery of content.” If this statement is already written into the GIEP at the start of a new school year, then the subject needs to be reviewed with the new homeroom teacher and an understanding agreed upon. Knowing what is going to be missed and providing for a way to either make up or catch up to the work is an important part of a successful experience with pull-out Resource.

“The scheduling of options should enhance, not penalize, the gifted student's participation. When scheduling gifted program options requires students to miss regular education classes, the GIEP should clarify the student’s responsibility for completing make-up work from missed regular education classes. Make-up work may be necessary under certain circumstances, but requiring make-up work to be completed that inappropriately penalizes the student and detracts from a successful gifted education is an unintended consequence and should be avoided. The GIEP is the best instrument to avoid any confusion and misunderstanding and ensure student success.” (p27 Gifted Guidelines)