Gifted education comes under Chapter 16 of the Pennsylvania State Regulations.


A gifted student is one who is exceptional under section 1371 of the School Code (24 P.S. § 13-1371) because the student has outstanding intellectual and creative ability, the development of which, requires specially designed programs or support services, or both, not ordinarily provided in the regular education program.

Guidelines indicating gifted ability:


a student with an IQ score of 130 or above
a student with an IQ score lower than 130 may be admitted into the gifted program when other educational criteria in the student's profile strongly indicates gifted ability.
Determination shall include an assessment by a certified school psychologist .


Gifted education requires the need for specially designed instruction to meet the needs of a gifted student that is:


conducted in an instructional setting
provided in an instructional or skill area
provided under the authority of the school district
individualized to meet the educational needs of the student
reasonably calculated to yield meaningful educational benefit and student progress
provided in conformity with a GIEP.
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