Gifted Support Services

    In compliance with state law, services designed to meet the unique needs of gifted students are provided. Students are identified individually based on guidelines and regulations embodied in state law under Chapter 16. Students who possess superior intelligence scores or who meet the multiple eligibility criteria indicating gifted ability by the Gifted Multidisciplinary Team are provided with a program of specially designed instruction to meet the outstanding intellectual and creative abilities of the student. Gifted instructional services for eligible students are delineated on a Gifted Individualized Education Plan and address areas of demonstrated gifted achievement. If your child is thought to qualify for gifted services, you will be notified of screening and evaluation procedures. Requests for screening and evaluation should be made to your building principal.

    State Board of Education

    22 PA Code Chapter 16

    Pennsylvania law defines "gifted" as:

     Outstanding intellectual and creative ability the development of which requires special services and programs not ordinarily in the regular education program.

    This term includes a person who has an IQ of 130 or higher or when multiple criteria as set forth in the Department Guidelines indicate gifted ability. Determination of gifted ability will not be based on IQ score alone. A person with an IQ score lower than 130 may be admitted to the gifted programs when other educational criteria in the profile of the person strongly indicate gifted ability. Determination of mentally gifted shall include a full assessment and comprehensive report by a public school psychologist specifying the nature and degree of the ability.

    Eligibility Determination

    All students with a Full Scale IQ Score of 130 or higher will be considered eligible.

    Students with Full Scale IQ Scores of 126 to 129 will be considered eligible when:

     Either the Perceptual Reasoning Index (PRI) or the Verbal Comprehension Index (VCI) score is 130 or higher, and

     Combined scores on a weighted matrix of multiple criteria: GES-2, individually administered reading and math achievement tests ( WIAT II, KTEA-II), and parent ratings suggest gifted ability

    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 are also available.

    Services and Programs

    Among the options for mentally gifted students are enrichment (e.g. gifted students coming together for challenging projects, seminars and discussion requiring higher-order thinking skills), some acceleration (e.g. math or reading courses beyond grade-level), Honors and Advanced Placements courses at the High School with monitoring and regular education consultation by a Gifted Support teacher. We are also beginning special studies opportunities that are supported by technology (e.g. Virtual High School)  

    Three specialized teachers (grades K-12) support the teaching staff in providing these challenges and extensions.

    Lower Moreland formed a Gifted Task Force in January 2008 to conduct a comprehensive review of its identification process, programs and service delivery. 


      Some Characteristics of Gifted Learners

    Advanced vocabulary for age.
    Outstanding memory, large storehouse of information.
    Curious, asks endless questions.
    Has many interests, hobbies, and collections.
    Many have a passionate interest.
    Intense, gets totally absorbed.
    Motivated if interested, resists other work.
    Reluctant to change subjects.
    Comfortable with abstract thinking.
    Perceives subtle cause and effect relationships.
    Prefers complex and challenging tasks.
    Can track two or more things at once.
    Grasps quickly, then resists doing the work.
    Comes up with better way.
    Sensitive to beauty, feelings, and emotions.
    Advanced sense of justice and fairness.
    Aware of global issues.
    Sophisticated sense of humor.
    Transfers concepts to new situations.
    Sees unobvious relationships.
    May prefer the company of adults.
    May prefer to work alone.
    Bossy in group situations.
    Needs to constantly share all he knows.

    Some Characteristics of Visual Spatial Giftedness

    Comes up with highly creative ideas and/or products
    Loves to construct with legos or other objects
    Makes up rich stories but may be unable to write them down
    Is disorganized
    Appears lazy, often daydreaming
    May appear bright but have difficulty learning to read
    Early ability apparent when doing puzzles and mazes
    Highly developed sense of intuition
    Excellent mathematical reasoning but may be slow at math facts
    Understands complex relations and systems
    Unusual imagination

    Often musically talented
    Sophisticated sense of humor
    Strong visual memory
    Highly sensitive of their surroundings, may be more distractible
    Astute questioning ability
    Exceptional ability in geometry and science
    Often artistic but may have poor fine motor skills
    When spoken to, comprehends everything or nothing

    Many students are bright, quick learners who excel in academics.  Gifted learners are thought to be the top 2% of the national population (98th percentile)

    Some Differences between

    Bright Learners and Gifted Learners

    Bright Learners
    Gifted Learners
    Knows the answers
    Is interested
    Is attentive
    Has good ideas
    Works hard
    Answers the questions
    Top group
    Listens with interest
    Learns with ease
    6-8 repetitions
    Understands ideas
    Enjoys peers
    Grasps the meaning
    Completes assignments
    Is receptive
    Copies accurately
    Enjoys school
    Absorbs information
    Good memorizer
    Enjoys straightforward, sequential presentation
    Is alert
    Is pleased with own learning
    Asks the questions
    Is highly curious
    Is mentally and physically involved
    Has wild, silly ideas
    Plays around, yet tests well
    Discusses in detail, elaborates
    Beyond the group
    Shows strong feelings and opinions
    Already knows
    1-2 repetitions for mastery
    Constructs abstractions
    Prefers adults
    Draws inferences
    Initiates projects
    Is intense
    Creates a new design
    Enjoys learning
    Manipulates information
    Good guesser
    Thrives on complexity
    Is keenly observant
    Is highly self-critical


Last Modified on September 10, 2018