Gifted Screenings for Third Grade On-Campus Students

October 6, 2020

Families of ON-CAMPUS Third Grade Students — As part of determining the academic needs of each child, students at all grade levels complete screening tests in the areas of reading, math, and writing. This information is used to make instructional decisions about individual student needs.

Students in the third grade and students new-to-PK in fourth grade are screened by the P.K. Yonge School Psychology Team to determine potential eligibility for gifted enrichment services. This screening process includes a review of individual achievement data in reading and math, the administration of a brief individual screening measure of cognitive skills, and input from classroom teachers.

This year gifted screenings will occur in early November. For ON-CAMPUS students, gifted screenings will take place on campus in person.

Gifted screenings will be scheduled during the regular school day and health and safety protocols will  be in place. Protocols include the use of masks/facial coverings, maintaining physical distancing, large 36” plexiglass shields in place between screener and student, and screening locations will be wiped down after each screening.

When a student’s gifted screening is scheduled, the student will be picked up from class by the screener and accompanied to the screening location, complete the gifted screening, and then accompanied back to class by the screener.

If you wish to defer your student’s gifted screening, please submit the Screening Deferment Form. Deferred screenings will be rescheduled when we return to on-campus instruction for the whole school community.

Once all screenings are complete, families will receive a letter noting whether the screening indicated that a student has met criteria or not met criteria to be referred for a gifted evaluation. The state-established gifted criteria are: significantly above average individual student scores in achievement, demonstrated need for an advanced program, and very high cognitive skills.

All students found to meet screening criteria are recommended for a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether they meet all eligibility requirements for gifted enrichment services based on Florida Department of Education guidelines and regulations.

Families of students who meet screening criteria will be contacted in order to obtain written consent to complete a comprehensive gifted evaluation.

If you have questions about this process, please contact Dr. Ashley Pennypacker Hill |


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