Chapter 16 requires that "Each school district shall adopt and use a system to locate and identify all students within that district who are thought to be gifted and in need of specially designed instruction.” (22 Pa. Code §16.21(a))
2020-2021 Screening - TBA
The State College Area School District engages in a number of processes to identify potential candidates for gifted education services. Formal gifted screenings are conducted in grade 3. Additionally, school teams engage in ongoing data-analysis to identify students at all grade levels who may be in need of specially-designed instruction.
All new students who move into the district in grades 3-8 are also screened late in the fall.
Grade 4 Screening Process:
- Level 1A: CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)
- Level 1B: District-Wide Assessment Data in Reading and Math
- Assessment data is compiled. Assessments used vary by grade, but the assessments used are common among all students at that level.
- The gifted teachers review these students with grade-level teams.
- Discussion about students with potential masking factors is a component of the universal screening process.
- As part of the discussions, a school team may reach out for permission to conduct a K-BIT-2 (Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test Second Edition (KBIT-2) is a brief measure of verbal and nonverbal intelligence.
- Level 2: District contacts parents to discuss a potential need for a gifted evaluation.
Additional screening activities take place by a review of student data at all grade levels in an ongoing fashion throughout the school year. Classroom teachers can recommend students for a gifted evaluation at any time. Additionally, parents can request a gifted evaluation for their child once per school year.
Student data for those moving through a special education evaluation is always reviewed for potential twice-exceptionality.
If you'd like additional information about SCASD's universal screening activities for Gifted Child Find, please contact the Director of Gifted and Learning Enrichment.