Although a student’s measured intellectual ability plays an important part in the evaluation of gifted eligibility, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (as indicated in Chapter 16 laws and regulations) states that a student’s IQ score should not be the sole criteria for identifying a student as being in need of gifted education.
Therefore, Baden Academy determines eligibility based on the student having an IQ of at least 130, teacher recommendations, and the presence of at least two of the following:
- The student is working a grade level ahead on the KBIT assessment.
- The student scores in the 97th percentile or above on school-wide assessments.
- The student receives an advanced score on the PSSA assessment.
- We can observe or measure a rate of acquisition/retention of new academic content or skills that indicates the student is significantly advanced than same-aged peers.
- A consideration of other factors that may mask gifted ability in the decision-making process, including recognition of factors such as English as a second language, learning disability, physical impairment, emotional disability, or social or cultural deprivation.