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].
|LEA||Week to be Monitored|
|Ambridge SD||October 17, 2022|
|United SD||October 31, 2022|
|East Stroudsburg SD||November 7, 2022|
|Camp Hill SD||December 12, 2022|
|Northwestern Lehigh SD||January 9, 2023|
|Neshaminy SD||January 30, 2023|
|York City SD||February 6, 2023|
|Colonial School District SD||March 6, 2023|
|Johnstown SD||April 17, 2023|
|Altoona SD||May 1, 2023|