Gifted Glossary of Terms

Chapter 14 and 342 –   Regulations and rules regarding students with disabilities in Pennsylvania.


Chapter 16 –  Regulations and rules regarding gifted students in Pennsylvania.


Gifted Individualized Education Program – (GIEP)   The plan written by the GIEP team (including parents) that specifically describes the education to be provided to a gifted student.


Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation – (GMDE)  The evaluation process used to gather information that assists in determining if a child is mentally gifted according to the state definition and in need of special education.  The evaluation should look at information relevant to the student’s suspected giftedness including academic functioning, learning strengths, and educational needs.


Gifted Multidisciplinary Team –  (GMDT)  A team of educators, other professional individuals, and the child’s parents that reviews all formal testing of a child and all other evaluation material.  The GMDT must issue a written report recommending whether the child is gifted and making suggestions about the programs and services needed.


Gifted Student –  A student who is exceptional because the student meets the definition of “mentally gifted” and needs specially designed instruction beyond that required in regular education.


Gifted Written Report –  (GWR)  The report that is compiled and written by the gifted multidisciplinary evaluation team (which includes parents) following a multidisciplinary evaluation.  It contains all of the information gathered by various team members, as well as the results of assessment.  It makes recommendations to the GIEP team regarding eligibility for gifted programs.


Mentally Gifted –  Oustanding intellectual and creative ability, the development of which requires specially designed programs or support services, or both, not ordinarily provided in the regular education program.


Specially Designed Instruction –  Adaptations or modifications to the general curriculum, instruction, instructional environments, methods, materials, or a specialized curriculum for students who are identified gifted.