PDE Releases 2022-23 Gifted Ed. Compliance Monitoring Schedule (July 28, 2022)

On July 27, 2022, Carole L. Clancy, Director of the PDE Bureau of Special Education, sent a PennLink message titled  2022-23 Gifted Compliance Monitoring Schedule to all LEAs. The message states that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has the responsibility to ensure that all school districts providing gifted education, whether directly or by contractual arrangements, administer gifted education services and programs in compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. In order to fulfill this responsibility, PDE has established administrative procedures for monitoring program implementation, including evaluating the appropriateness, effectiveness, and accountability of gifted education services and programs.

PDE has developed the schedule for compliance monitoring for the 2022-23 school year, in which 10 school districts of varying sizes across the Commonwealth will be monitored. Additional monitoring, if deemed appropriate, may be designated as the school year progresses.

The Gifted Cyclical Monitoring for Continuous Improvement includes a Gifted Facilitated Self-Assessment (GFSA) completed by each school district and a virtual and/or onsite review by a PDE team, which may include peers who will conduct teacher/parent interviews or file reviews. The process includes a review of the GFSA submitted by the district; input from administrators, teachers, and parents; and verification activities of the information reported in the GFSA. Verification activities include file reviews of student documents; studies of service delivery; and analysis of policies, procedures, and outcomes.

Districts to be monitored will be scheduled for virtual training. The training will review the virtual/onsite monitoring process, documents, and GFSA submission, and provide suggestions and checklists regarding preparation and implementation of the monitoring process. Monitored districts are strongly encouraged to review the Gifted Monitoring Manual on PDE’s website and to seek assistance from your IU Gifted Liaison to prepare for the monitoring.

Questions regarding the 2022-23 monitoring schedule outlined below should be directed to Shirley Moyer, Special Education Adviser, at 717-903-2938 or [email protected].

LEAWeek to be Monitored
Ambridge SDOctober 17, 2022
United SDOctober 31, 2022
East Stroudsburg SDNovember 7, 2022
Camp Hill SDDecember 12, 2022
Northwestern Lehigh SDJanuary 9, 2023
Neshaminy SDJanuary 30, 2023
York City SDFebruary 6, 2023
Colonial School District SDMarch 6, 2023
Johnstown SDApril 17, 2023
Altoona SDMay 1, 2023