For Parents

For Parents

 The School District of Philadelphia strives to design an academic program that meets the needs of every child. Gifted students will be provided with a variety of learning opportunities to enhance their critical and creative thinking, analytical skills and problem-solving skills.

Identifying a gifted child is an in-depth process which involves a variety of information from multiple people and available data. Just as every individual is unique and exhibits his or her own personality, “giftedness”manifests itself differently in every child. 

The Bright Child vs the Gifted Child (pdf) 


2nd grade Naglieri Nonverbal Assessment Test (NNAT3)

The School Reform Commission approved the purchase of the Naglieri Nonverbal Assessment Test (NNAT) which will be administered to all 2nd graders spring of 2017. 

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Evaluation Process

Evaluation Process -

The determination of gifted eligibility comes from a variety of sources. There is no ONE measure to determine giftedness. 

Intellectual ability is not equated with an IQ score alone. IQ alone does not determine gifted eligibility. 

A formal evaluation administered by the psychologist who works with your child’s school may be recommended. 

If your child attends a private school or is homeschooled, you should contact your neighborhood school to arrange for an evaluation. Charter schools are responsible for the evaluation of gifted eligibility. If your child attends a charter school and they do not provide gifted evaluation services, you may pay for a private evaluation.

The identification process for Gifted and Talented Education encompasses a broad range of evaluation measures, including teacher recommendation, student-created portfolio, psychologist evaluation, checklist of giftedness indicators, and/or standardized test scores.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Step 1:  Referral/Request for Evaluation

  • Parents and Teachers may request that a student be evaluated for Gifted services.

  • Data on the academic performance and characteristics of your student will be collected and reviewed to determine if further evaluation is warranted. 

Evidence is gathered to demonstrate whether your child is performing in the top 10% of his/her peers. All available tests, work samples, assessments are included in combination with the characteristics of gifted children. 


If it is determined that your child NOT be evaluated at this time, you are entitled to know how that determination was made. If further evaluation is NOT recommended, an evaluation by a psychologist will not be scheduled. 

If it is decided that further evaluation is recommended --

  • Parent(s) signs a Permission to Evaluate.

  • School psychologists conducts a psychological evaluation.

  • School based staff develops a Gifted Written Report (GWR).  

  • The Gifted Multidisciplinary Team (parents, school psychologists, teachers) review the GWR and makes a recommendation regarding the need for specially designed instruction within 60 days of the Permission to Evaluate.                                                                              

Step 2:  Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA)

  • If the team finds that the student is in need of Gifted Support Services, a Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP) is written within 30 days.  This personalized plan allows for differentiated instruction and support where needed. The plan will set an annual academic goal as part of the plan. The plan is reviewed every year so adjustments may be made if the student is not reaching their annual academic goal.

  • Parents have 10 days to return the NORA.  Gifted services cannot begin without a signed NORA.