GaTE Parents

Parent information page.

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 (NNAT3) 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:

Click here for Naglieri Nonverbal Assessment Information

Evaluation Process:

The determination of gifted eligibility comes from a variety of sources. There is no one measure to determine giftedness. The 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. The request is made in writing at your child’s school.

The evaluation process begins with an initial screening. During the screening process the student’s academic data is reviewed to determine if the student is working well above their grade level. What do we look for:  Academic data such as STAR,  iReady, or other nationally normed measures that range in the 95% range and above.

The Naglieri is used as an additional data point that reveals strong non-verbal abilities that might be masked by other measures. What we look for: 97% percentile range.

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 5% 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.

Step 2: If gifted criteria is met, your child is scheduled for a psychological evaluation.

You will be issued a Permission to Evaluate letter giving consent for the evaluation.
School psychologists conduct a psychological evaluation. The evaluation should be completed within 60 days of the school receiving signed consent. Following the evaluation the school team 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 by sending an email to to begin the process.

The School District of Philadelphia is NOT responsible for providing gifted services for students attending private, parochial, or charter schools.