Gifted Education

  • The Bethlehem Area School District Gifted Education program recognizes the need to educate students of the gifted according to their abilities and interests. Gifted Education is to provide educational opportunities and experiences to help students extend their learning, develop individual potential, enhance their self-concept and become life-long, independent learners. Bethlehem Area School DIstrict is committed to providing differentiated activities and opportunities through which students can discover and develop their unique and individualized needs, interests, and abilities.

    Gifted Identification Process

    Parents may request an evaluation to determine if their child is exceptional and in need of gifted education services by contacting their child’s teacher, school counselor, or Principal. Chapter 16 of Pennsylvania School Code, regulations state that a child is mentally gifted if the child has an IQ of 130 or higher. Students with IQs lower than 130 may also be eligible for gifted education services when multiple criteria strongly indicate gifted ability. Peeennsylvania’s multiple criteria include the following:

    • The student is a year or more above grade achievement level for the normal age group in one or more academic subjects as measured by nationally-normed and validated achievement tests able to accurately reflect gifted performance.
    • The student has an observed or measured rate of acquisition/retention of new academic content or skills that reflect gifted ability.
    • The student has demonstrated achievement, performance, or expertise in one or more academic areas as evidenced by excellence of products, portfolio or research, as well as criterion-referenced team judgement.
    • The student has demonstrated early and measured usee of high level thinking skills, academic creativity, leadership skills, intense academic, interest areas, communication skills, foreigh language aptitude or technologically expertise.
    • There are not intervening factors such as English as a second language, disabilities, gender or race bias, or socio/cultural deprivation masking gifted abilities.

     

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