State College Area School District Gifted Support Services
The State College Area School District provides challenging learning experiences for all students that build on their individual strengths and optimize their abilities. Gifted and Learning Enrichment services, in concert with SCASD's core program, ensure that the district supports the development of advanced learners to achieve their potential as students and individuals.
The State College Area School District engages in a number of formal processes to identify potential candidates for gifted education services. Beginning in 2018-2019, all students in grades 2 and 4 are universally screened each school year. A cognitive screener, CogAT in combination with common, standardized grade-level assessments in reading and math are used as initial indicators to identify students who may be in need of specially designed instruction.
In addition to the screening process described above, students in any grade level may be referred for a Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation (GMDE) by teachers and/or parents. A Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (GMDT) determines the appropriateness of placement in Gifted Support. If Gifted Support services are recommended, the parents and student will be invited to participate in a program planning meeting where a Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP) will be developed.
For more information about SCASD Gifted Support, please contact your child’s building principal or Director of Gifted Services, Jonathan Klingeman at firstname.lastname@example.org.