Request for a Multidisciplinary Gifted Evaluation
A referral for a gifted multidisciplinary evaluation shall be made when the student is suspected by teachers or parents of being mentally gifted and not receiving an appropriate education under chapter 4 (relating to academic standards and assessment) and one or more of the following apply:
(1)A request for evaluation has been made by the student’s parents.
(2)The student is thought to be gifted because the school district’s screening of the student indicates high potential consistent with the definition of mentally gifted or a performance level which exceeds that of other students in the regular classroom.
(3)A hearing officer or judicial decision orders a gifted multidisciplinary evaluation.
Parents who suspect that their child is gifted may request a gifted multidisciplinary evaluation of their child at any time, with a limit of one request per school term. The request can be made orally or in writing to any district personnel, but it is recommended by the MTLSD that the request be made directly to the student’s respective building principal. The school district shall then make the permission to evaluate form readily available for a parent to consider.
Teachers who would like to refer a student for a gifted multidisciplinary evaluation, given a student’s performance within the classroom and the potential need for specially designed instruction, will complete the following:
-Teacher Nomination/Data Collection Form (Ch 16-604T)
-Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS)
The respective gifted coordinator will pass along the completed SIGS to the assigned building school psychologist, while reviewing available student data:
-Completed Teacher Nomination/Data Collection Form (Ch 16-604T)
-Scored - Scales for Identifying Gifted Students (SIGS)
-Available local/State testing data (i.e. PSSA, Keystone Assessments, Measure of Academic Progress data)
If the data supports a district initiated gifted referral for a student, the district administrator will contact the parent(s) while completing and sending home a permission to evaluate consent form to be considered.