Parent information page
Please note: Evaluations for Gifted Eligibility are not designed to be administered virtually. The closure of all schools by the Governor in light of the COVID-19 pandemic precluded the completion of testing requested prior to the closure. Following the reopening of normal school functioning, parents will be issued a renewed permission form to perform the necessary tests and assessments to determine gifted eligibility. New requests for evaluation will be reviewed, but permission forms will not be issued until the district returns to normal school functioning.
Identifying a gifted child is an in-depth process that involves a variety of information and data 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Gifted Eligibility is NOT considered part of the admission criteria for special admit and magnet schools.
The School District administers the Naglieri Nonverbal Assessment Test (NNAT) to all current 2nd graders in the Spring. The NNAT alone does not determine gifted eligibility. It is an additional measure that adds to a more complete learner profile.
Follow the Naglieri Nonverbal Assessment Test link for an information page in multiple languages:
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, and IQ alone does not determine gifted eligibility.
The identification process includes 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 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 by a psychologist is appropriate. Evidence is gathered to determine whether your child is performing in the top 10% of his/her peers and is working at least a year above grade level in one or more areas. All available tests, work samples, and assessments are included in combination with the characteristics of gifted children.
Please note: It may be recommended that your child NOT be evaluated by a psychologist 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.
Step 2: If it is decided that further evaluation is recommended:
You will be issued a Permission to Evaluate letter giving consent for the evaluation.
School psychologists conduct a psychological evaluation.
School based staff develops a Gifted Written Report (GWR) that indicates gifted eligibility or not.
Step 3: Notice of Recommended Assignment (NORA) and GIEP
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. Gifted services may be provided in a variety of ways.
Parents have 10 days to return the NORA. Gifted services cannot begin without a signed NORA.
Charter, Private, Parochial or Homeschooled Students
The School District will provide evaluation services to students within the IU26 boundary. This is referred to as Equitable Participation. This applies to students living within the Philadelphia city limit. You may request an evaluation through your neighborhood school or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process.
The School District of Philadelphia is NOT responsible for providing gifted services for students attending private, parochial, or charter schools.