Pottsgrove School District is committed to meeting the unique needs of all students and supporting their growth and development. When appropriate, students may have opportunities for accelaration and enrichment in particular areas of strength. The Gifted Support Program has specific eligibility criteria outlined below and all district students are screened at regular intervals for eligibility.
Procedures for Identification of Gifted Support EligibilityUniversal Screening- The district has a child find obligation to identify students in need of gifted support. As a means of gaining data for all students, the following measures are considered:OTIS-LENNON School Ability Test (OLSAT) - A test of abstract thinking and reasoning ability of children. The OLSAT is a group-administered, pencil and paper assessment designed to measure verbal, quantitative, and spatial reasoning ability. The test yields verbal and nonverbal scores from which a total score, called a School Ability Index (SAI) is derived. The OLSAT will be administered in the spring of first, third, and fifth grades. A Total score on Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) above the 90th percentile using National Age Norms will be considered.Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) - Math and Reading Nationally normed test with a RIT scale score; align with local curriculum and state standards; computer administered 2-3 times per year. In this domain, students with MAP scores in the 98th percentile on either overall reading or math or MAP scores in the 95th percentile or above on both reading and math will be considered.Teachers in first, third, and fifth grades are asked to rank their students according to ability. Ranking in top 20 percent of class according to teacher ratings will be considered.
Students who meet the defined criterion in two or more of the above domains will be referred for full evaluation. Factors Used to Determine Eligibility for Gifted Students:
Full Scale Intelligence Quotient or General Ability Index (GAI), math reasoning skills based on individually administered testing, reading comprehension skills based on individually administered testing, parent and teacher ratings of gifted characteristics, teacher rating of acquisition and retention.