Gifted Education


The mission of the Montoursville Area School District is to provide comprehensive programs that emphasize the Pennsylvania and National Academic Standards.  This will empower all students to use their individual abilities and capabilities to be lifelong learners and successful contributors to a global society.

Montoursville Area School District expresses a commitment to provide educational services appropriate for mentally gifted students that are consistent with each student’s individual gifted needs.  In order to provide appropriate services to the gifted students, learning opportunities that go beyond the regular education curriculum will be made available.  These opportunities can include a continuum of differentiated curricular options, instructional approaches, and resource materials.


Screening: To occur annually during second grade

Determination Qualifications:

  • Report Card review that indicates the student is excelling within the curriculum
  • Advanced on both Math and Reading PSSAs
  • Parent or Teacher Referrals


  • Principal sends notice home to parent and request permission to administer the Otis-Lennon
  • Otis-Lennon is administered and scored by Montoursville Staff (i.e., Counselors and Principals)
  • Evaluation results of IQ 130 or higher: student is referred to school psychologist (Lower than 130: no referral)

Psychologist Procedure:

  • Parental Permission and Input
  • Teacher input as to the child’s rate of acquisition and retention, leadership, etc.
  • Individual Achievement and Cognitive Assessments
  • 60 days timeframe between receiving Parental Permission and Meeting with the team to discuss the results


Parental consent must be acquired before any formal evaluation can begin. The school district will form a gifted multidisciplinary team to conduct the evaluation. The evaluation consists of multiple criteria that include but are not limited to:

  • Psychological evaluation
  • IQ of 130 or higher (if lower than 130, then multiple criteria must be met)
  • Achievement Scores
  • A year or more above grade achievement level for the normal age group in one or more subjects measured by nationally normed and validated achievement tests able to accurately reflect gifted performance.
  • Acquisition and retention rates
  • Example: the gifted student with approximately one to three repetitions of new knowledge/skills is able to achieve mastery at a faster rate that a student who requires four to eight repetitions.
  • Demonstrated achievement, performance or expertise in one or more academic areas
  • Noteworthy achievements
  • Class work examples
  • Curriculum based assessments
  • Individualized Standard Achievement Assessments
  • Evidence that intervening factors are masking gifted abilities

Once the evaluation has been completed, the team will generate a report that includes data, findings, and recommendations about the student. Parents are to be included as members of the team. It is important that parents are encouraged to provide relevant information as it relates to their child’s abilities.

The team will prepare recommendations regarding the child’s educational program. This information is to be outlined in a Comprehensive Evaluation report (CER) and will be given to the Gifted Individualized Education Program Team (GIEP).

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