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Gifted Education


Statement of Policy




Identification and Service Plan

for

Students Who Are Gifted






Based upon Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15


Approved by the BOE November 21, 2017




Who is “gifted”?

The Ohio operating standards define “gifted” as students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment and who are identified under section 3324.03 of the Ohio Revised Code.  


How are students identified?

Ohio law requires districts to be able to identify students in grades K-12 in the following categories:


Superior Cognitive Ability   Creative Thinking Ability


Specific Academic Ability Visual and Performing Arts Ability

Math Dance

Reading Drama

Science Music

Social Studies Visual Arts


Gifted services are not mandated.


When are students screened and assessed?

A student is considered screened for gifted identification when he or she is first evaluated using a state-approved instrument for gifted identification.  


Per state guidelines, the district will provide whole-grade screening opportunities in Grade 2 and Grade 5 in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability in math and reading, and creative thinking ability.


The district will screen students individually referred for gifted identification within 90 days of referral by a trained individual using state-approved assessments and criteria.  


In the case of students who are referred but do not qualify on the initial screening, a second opportunity to be assessed with a different state-approved instrument will be provided within the school year.  Students referred or eligible for reassessment after March 31st will be rescheduled within 90 school calendar days.


Special Populations  

The district does not discriminate and special populations are included in screening and assessment procedures.  Appropriate instruments are used to include children who come from a low socioeconomic status, students who are culturally or linguistically diverse, English learners, and children with disabilities in district screening and assessment opportunities.




General Student Population

A student in any grade level may be individually referred by a teacher, parent, the student, or a peer for gifted screening and identification per state guidelines in any of the required identification areas.  


Referral Forms may be found on the district website or obtained in any school office.


Parent permission to assess will be obtained before any individual referral assessment takes place.  Parent notification of testing results will be by mail, electronic mail or phone within 30 days of district receipt of student results.  


Outside Testing and Transfer Students

The district shall accept assessment results that meet Ohio Department of Education qualification standards obtained from other districts or trained individuals outside the district as long as the instruments used at the time of testing were listed on the Ohio Chart of Approved Assessments.  Students that transfer into the district will be assessed within 90 days of transfer upon written parent request. Parents should submit requests to their building principal.


Criteria for Identification

A student shall be identified as exhibiting “superior cognitive ability” if the student did either of the following within the preceding 24 months:  

  • Scored two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual standardized intelligence test administered by a licensed psychologist;  

  • Accomplished any one of the following:

    • Scored at least two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved standardized group intelligence test;

    • Performed at or above the 95% percentile on an approved individual or group standardized basic or composite battery of a nationally-normed achievement test; or

    • Attained an approved score on one or more above-grade level standardized nationally normed approved tests.

A student shall be identified as exhibiting “specific academic ability” superior to that of students of similar age in a specific academic ability field, if, within the preceding 24 months, the student performs at or above the 95% percentile at the national level on an approved individual or group standardized achievement test of specific academic ability in that field.  A student may be identified as gifted in more than one specific academic ability field.

A student shall be identified as exhibiting “creative thinking ability” superior to children of a similar age, if within the previous 24 months, the student scored one standard deviation above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual or group intelligence test and also did either of the following:  

  • Attained a sufficient score, as established by the Ohio Department of Education, on an approved individual or group test of creative ability;  

  • Established sufficient performance, as established by the Ohio Department of Education, on an approved checklist of creative behaviors.    


A student shall be identified as exhibiting “visual or performing arts ability” superior to that of children of similar age if the student has done both of the following:  

  • Demonstrated through a display of work, an audition, or other performance or exhibition, superior ability in a visual or performing arts area;  

  • Exhibited to a trained individual sufficient performance, as established by the Ohio Department of Education, on an approved checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area


After any initial gifted identification made in conformance with Ohio Administrative Code, a student shall remain identified regardless of subsequent testing or classroom performance.



Appeal

An appeal by the parent is the reconsideration of the result of any part of the identification process, which would include:

  • Screening procedure or assessment instrument (which results in identification)

  • Scheduling of your child for assessment

  • Placement of your student in any program

  • Receipt of gifted services


Parents should submit a letter to the superintendent outlining the nature of the concern.  The superintendent will convene a meeting with the parent or guardian and may include other relevant school personnel.  The superintendent will issue a written final decision within 30 days of the appeal. The written notice should include a reason for the decision.


Service

The district ensures equal opportunity for all district students identified as gifted to receive any services offered by the district for which the student meets the criteria.  Students are identified by qualifying scores on assessments approved by the Ohio Department of Education.


Gifted Service Offerings

Currently, gifted services are offered grades 7 through 12.  Students identified as Superior Cognitive Ability or Specific Academic Ability in Math, Reading, Science or Social Studies are served if the student enrolls in College Credit Plus courses in the students’ area(s) of strength.


Acceleration

ORC 3324.10 requires all school districts to implement a student acceleration policy. This statute allows districts, among other things, to place a student in a higher grade level than is typical given the student’s age for the purpose of providing student access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities in one or more subject areas. This practice is known as “subject-area acceleration.”  Whole-grade or subject-area acceleration is considered formal gifted service in the initial year of acceleration only.


Please note there are several district enrichment opportunities that may address the specific needs of gifted students that cannot be reported as formal gifted service to the Ohio Department of Education.



Other district enrichment opportunities for gifted students may include:

  • Differentiated curriculum and/or instruction

  • Cluster grouping

  • Mentorships

  • Honors or Advanced Courses

  • Independent Study

  • Grade Level or Subject Acceleration

  • Academic Challenge Team

  • Leadership Conferences


Withdraw

If at any time a student wishes to withdraw from gifted programs or services, the request should be written by the parent or child and submitted to your building principal.  If children request to withdraw, parents will be notified.


Written Education Plan (WEP)

When students identified as gifted are reported to parents and the Ohio Department of Education as receiving district gifted service, they must have a Written Education Plan developed in collaboration with an educator who holds licensure or endorsement in gifted education.  The WEP includes goals for each service provided, a method and schedule for reporting progress to students and parents, staff members responsible for delivering service, and an annual date for possible revision.  


Students participating in gifted services outside the regular classroom setting (resource room or “pull-out” programs, for example) are exempt from non-critical assignments to the standard curriculum.  Any tests or assessments missed while participating in gifted services may be rescheduled.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District Assessment Instruments Approved for Gifted Identification

Superior Cognitive Ability

     

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

Form 7 VQN Composite

Grades K-1             Screening 125 Identification   127         

Grades 2-12                       Screening 126     Identification   128

     

Kaufman Assessment Battery for Screening 127

Children (KABC-II) FCI K-12 Identification 125

MPI Scoring K-2 Screening 125     Identification 127

MPI Scoring 3-12 Screening 124 Identification 126


Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale Screening 125

Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV) ages 16+ Identification 127



Specific Academic Ability


ACT Assessment Program (AAP)                    Screening 93rd percentile Identification 95th percentile


Iowa Assessments, Form E Screening 93rd percentile

Complete Battery Identification 95th percentile


Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS)

Form A or C              Screening 93rd percentile            

Complete Battery or Core Battery Identification 95th percentile


Wechsler Individual Achievement Test   Screening 93rd percentile

(WIAT-III) Identification 95th percentile



Creative Thinking Ability


Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

Form 7 VQN Composite

Grades K-1            Screening 111

Grades 2-12                    Identification 112


Kaufman Assessment Battery for Screening 127

Children (KABC-II) FCI K-12 Identification 125

MPI Scoring K-2 Screening 125     Identification 127

MPI Scoring 3-12 Screening 124 Identification 126


Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale Screening 125

Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV) ages 16+ Identification 127


In addition to qualifying scores on the one of the following rating scales:


Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scales Screening 90-110

(GATES-2) Creative Thinking Section Identification 111


Scales for Rating the Behavior

Characteristics of Superior Students Screening 48-50

(SRBCSS) Part II – Creativity Identification 51



Visual and Performing Arts Ability


Ohio Department of Education

Performance Rubric and Scales for Visual and Performing Arts Identification


Dance Drama

Screening 20-25 Screening 16-19

Identification 26-30 Identification 20-24


Music Visual Art

Screening 14-17 Screening 16-20

Identification 18-21 Identification 21-24



Behavioral Checklists and Rating Scales for Visual and Performing Arts Identification


GATES-2 Artistic Talent Section

Questions 41-50  

Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts

Screening 90-110

Identification 111


SRBCSS - Part VII for Drama

Screening 54-56

Identification 57


SRBCSS – Part VI for Music

Screening 37-38

Identification 39


SRBCSS – Part V for Visual Arts

Screening 59-60

Identification 61



Contacts



Genoa Area Local School District

www.genoaschools.com

2810 N. Genoa-Clay Center Road

Genoa, Ohio 43430

419-855-7741



Michael Ferguson, Superintendent

mgferguson@genoaschools.com

Extension 101


Karen Witt, Director of Curriculum & Instruction

kkwitt@genoaschools.com

Extension 106



Benjamin Ohlemacher, HS Principal

baohlemacher@genoaschools.com

Extension 21101



Kevin Katafias, MS Principal

kjkatafias@genoaschools.com

Extension 31101



Yolanda Carmony-Mies, ES Principal

Ymcarmony-mies@genoaschools.com

Extension 41101



Cody McPherson, ES Assistant Principal

cdmcpherson@genoaschools.com

Extension 41201



North Point Educational Service Center

Susie Capucini, Gifted Services Coordinator

scapucini@npesc.org

419-627-3949


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Tom Baker,
Dec 7, 2017, 5:04 AM
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Tom Baker,
Dec 7, 2017, 5:04 AM