The Springfield and Morton communities are blessed with many talented, high-achieving, and inquisitive children. However, it is often difficult for districts to engage in the process of screening for Giftedness because most students that proceed through the initial screening process do not ultimately end up being identified as a Gifted child in need of specially designed instruction. We want to assure you that our administrators, teachers, and school psychologists will be caring, supportive and responsive to parents throughout the entire screening & evaluation process.
Being asked to proceed to Level II screening is both an exciting and stressful process for families. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's counselor or administrator to speak with them if you have questions or concerns around how this may impact your child and/or family. One of the most difficult conversations a school can have with a family is explaining to a parent or guardian, that their child is highly talented, high achieving and creative, but does not qualify under Chapter 16 for Gifted Services. We recognize that for some families there can be both joy and disappointment at the outcome of this process.
Most experts in the field of Gifted research believe that approximately 3,000,000 children in the US qualify as “Gifted”. This represents roughly 6% of the school-aged population. We have included a link to the National Association for Gifted Children which highlights many of the FAQs related to giftedness.
Chapter 16 of the PA Code requires that we screen and actively seek to identify those children within our communities in need of specially designed instruction for gifted educational services. It is important to note that the screening process is a district driven, on-going, process. Parents, as outlined in the Chapter 16 regulations always have the right to request an evaluation for Gifted Services. For more information regarding this type of request and the district’s responsibility regarding such a request, please contact your child’s guidance counselor or building administrator for more information. We have also included the Education Law Center's document on, "The Rights of Gifted Students in PA."
Springfield's screening process follows Chapter 16's guidance in identifying Gifted students within the school district. We utilize multiple criteria in making such a determination. Multiple criteria, as defined by the state are: