The Pennsylvania Department of Education prepared Gifted Guidelines to supplement 22 Pa. Code Chapter 16: Special Education for Gifted Students and provide a framework to assist school districts in meeting the requirements of the State Board's regulations to identify mentally gifted students and implement comprehensive programs to meet their needs. The Gifted Guidelines reflect Pennsylvania's continuing commitment to providing educational services appropriate for mentally gifted students that are consistent with their individual needs, outstanding abilities, and potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment.
CHAPTER 16: SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR GIFTED STUDENTS
§ 16.2. Purpose.
(a) This chapter specifies how the Commonwealth will meet its obligations to suspected
and identified gifted students who require gifted education to reach their potential. It is
the intent of the Board that gifted students be provided with quality gifted education
services and programs.
(b) The Commonwealth, through the Department, will provide general supervision of
services and programs provided under this chapter.
(c) The Department will disseminate information about and promote the use of
promising practices and innovative programs to meet the needs of gifted students.
(d) To provide services and programs efficiently, the Commonwealth will delegate
operational responsibility to its school districts. Each school district shall, by direct
service or through arrangement with other agencies, provide the following:
(1) Services and programs planned, developed and operated for the identification and
evaluation of each gifted student.
(2) Gifted education for each gifted student which is based on the unique needs of the
student, not solely on the student’s classification.
(3) Gifted education for gifted students which enables them to participate in
acceleration or enrichment programs, or both, as appropriate, and to receive services
according to their intellectual and academic abilities and needs.