Location: Villanova University Conference Center
Date: May 1st, 2015
Topic: Current Legal Issues and Practical Tips about Gifted Education Law
Presenter: Joseph W. Montgomery, Esquire.
Media: Click here to download PAGE powerpoint
Links to Hearing Officer Decisions on Gifted Education Issues 2014-2015:
A.M. v. Ridley, 2014
Issue: “Should the Student be placed in a first grade classroom or in a kindergarten classroom with enrichment in order to receive an appropriate gifted education in the District?”
Summary: Student is most likely smart enough for 1st grade, however Student was found to lack the social and emotional skills necessary to function successfully in the 1st grade classroom.
J.M. v. Bensalem, 2014
Issue: “Should the District be required to perform a full Gifted Multidisciplinary Evaluation (“GMDE”) on the Student?”
Summary: “Screenings” and “Evaluations” are different and Districts are held to the standards of 16.22(b) when parents request a gifted multidisciplinary evaluation.
K.S. v. Solanco, 2015
Issue: “Is the Student eligible for the District’s gifted program?”
Summary: Despite a serious drop in IQ score (based on subsequent evaluations) student remained eligible for gifted services.