Screening & Identification
DISTRICT POLICY FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF
AND SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE GIFTED
“Gifted” means 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 division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of section 3324.03 of the Revised Code.
SCREENING AND ASSESSING
The District uses a three-part approach to screen students who perform or show potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creativity, and visual and/or performing arts.
The pre-assessment part of the process involves gathering student data from a variety of sources including teacher, parent, and peer nominations, grades, portfolios, observations, review of student records, and outstanding products or performances, etc. All students are involved in the pre- assessment pool.
By using the pre-assessment process, the district ensures equal access to screening and further assessment by all district children, including culturally or linguistically diverse children, children from low socioeconomic backgrounds, children with disabilities, and children for whom English is a second language.
ASSESSMENT FOR SCREENING
The screening stage examines the data gathered from the pre-assessment stage and determines if additional assessment is necessary.
In making decisions about additional assessment, existing test data for students is not the sole determining criteria. School personnel examine all available information about a student to determine if evidence of possible giftedness exists for that student and conduct necessary additional assessment.
District-determined cut-off scores, to move students from screening stage to the assessment stage, are lower than the scores necessary for identification. Parent(s) or guardian must be notified within thirty days of the results of screening.
ASSESSMENT FOR IDENTIFICATION
Assessment strategies provide additional data necessary for an identification decision and the delivery of services. Strategies for additional assessment include the individual and group testing requirements of Sections 3324.01-3324.07 of the Ohio Revised Code; and as described in the Identification Of Children Who Are Gifted pamphlet.
Once additional assessment has been completed, the data obtained throughout the stages of identification are evaluated, the identification decision is made and the student’s educational needs are determined. Parent(s) or guardian will be notified within thirty days.
The district ensures there are ample and appropriate scheduling procedures for assessments and reassessment using:
Children may be referred on an ongoing basis, based on the following:
Upon receipt of a referral, the district will
The district shall provide at least two opportunities a year for assessment in the case of children requesting assessment or recommended for assessment by teachers, parents, or other children.
The district accepts scores on assessment instruments approved for use by the Ohio Department of Education, provided by other school districts, and/or trained personnel outside the school district.
The district ensures that any child transferring into the district will be assessed within 90 days of the transfer at the request of the parent. Parent(s) or guardians shall contact the building principal.
An appeal by a parent or guardian is the reconsideration of the results of any part of the identification process which would include:
Parent(s) or guardian should submit a letter to the gifted coordinator or superintendent outlining the nature of the concern.
The gifted coordinator or superintendent will convene a meeting with the parent(s) or guardian, which may include other school personnel.
The gifted coordinator or superintendent will issue a written final decision within 30 days of the appeal. This written notice should include the reason for the decision(s).
Coordinator of Gifted Services
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