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Talented & Gifted

Information for Parents and Families 

 

IDENTIFICATION

The district follows Ohio Revised Code 3324.01-07 (law) and Ohio

Administrative Code 3301-51-15 (rule).

 

Whole grade testing is completed in grades 2 and 6.  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 for 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. Opportunities exist for students to take these tests in their native language and for students with physical and sensory needs to take these tests with appropriate modifications.  Tests are administered by qualified educators.  By using tests from the ODE approved list, the district insures that the tests are valid for all special populations.  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.   Outside testing data that follows the guidelines of ORC 3324.01-07and OAC 3301-51-15 shall be accepted for identification and service.  Parents will receive written notice of all testing results. Referrals are taken for testing in both the Fall and Spring. 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. Referral forms can be found in all school building main offices. Identification appeals maybe directed to the district Superintendent. 

 

SERVICES                                                                

 

The district serves 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Superior Cognitive and/or Specific Academic Reading students through a daily gifted reading class. GIS is teacher of record. 8th grade Gifted Mathematics and Superior Cognitive students are served daily in an Algebra class, taught by the regular classroom teacher. The district also serves 3rd & 4th grade students identified as gifted in the areas of Superior Cognitive, Mathematics and Reading through cluster grouping in the regular classroom on a daily basis. The regular classroom teachers receive guidance and professional development from the GIS and Coordinator. Advanced Placement courses are available to our high school identified gifted students. Students are notified of placement into these courses by the first week of school. Withdrawal from the program is available at any time with written parent request. Placement appeals may be directed to the district Superintendent.

 

WRITTEN EDUCATION PLANS

Each student who receives gifted services will have a Written Education Plan.  The plan will include a description of services, individual student goals, progress monitoring methods and schedules, staff responsible for services, policies regarding waiver of assignments and review dates and deadlines for the next WEP.  All services will match the areas of identification.  Parents and all staff responsible for implementing services will receive copies of the WEP within 30 days of its completion.

Superior Cognitive Ability - A child shall be identified as exhibiting "superior cognitive ability" if the child did either of the following within the preceding twenty-four months:  Scored at or above two standard deviations, on an approved individual standardized intelligence test administered by a licensed psychologist; or Scored at or above two standard deviations  on an approved standardized group intelligence test or Performed at or above the ninety-fifth 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.

Specific Academic Ability - A child shall be identified as exhibiting "specific academic ability" superior to that of children of similar age in a specific academic ability field if within the preceding twenty-four months the child performs at or above the ninety-fifth percentile at national level on an approved individual or group standardized achievement test of specific academic ability in that field. A child may be identified as gifted in more than one specific academic area:  Math or Reading /Writing or Science or Social Studies

Creative Thinking Ability - A child shall be identified as exhibiting "creative thinking ability" superior to children of a similar age, if within the previous twenty-four months, the child:  Scored at or above one standard deviation on an approved individual or group intelligence test and also did either of the following: Attained a sufficient score, as established by the department education on an approved individual or group test of creative ability or Exhibited sufficient performance on an approved checklist of creative behaviors.

Visual and Performing Arts Ability - A child shall be identified as exhibiting "visual or performing arts ability" superior to that of children of similar age if the child has done both of the following:  Demonstrated to a trained individual through a display of work, an audition, or other performance or exhibition, superior ability in a visual or performing arts area and exhibited to a trained individual sufficient performance on an approved checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area.

 

 

SCREENING AND IDENTIFICATION SCORES

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Superior Cognitive Ability:

Otis Lennon School Ability Test 8th Ed.:  Screening SAI 123, Identification 126

Cognitive Abilities Test 7 VQN Composite (CogAT) K-2 - Screening SAS 123, Identification 127; Grades 3-12 - Screening 123, Identification 129

Stanford Achievement Test 10th Edition: Screening 92%ile, Identification 95%ile

Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT) - 3rd Edition:

Screening 92%ile, Identification 95%ile

WISC IV-4th Ed.- Screening SAS 122, Identification SAS 127

ITBS Form E-Full Battery: Screening 92%ile, Identification 95%ile

Specific Academic Ability:

Stanford 10 Achievement Test:   Screening 90%ile, Identification 95%ile

Woodcock-Johnson III, Tests of Achievement - NU (Form A or B)

Screening 92%ile, Identification 95%ile

Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT) - 3rd Edition

Screening 92%ile, Identification 95%ile

ITBS Form E: Screening 92%ile, Identification 95%ile

Creativity:

Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scale (GATES)

        Creative Thinking Checklist Screening 80, Identification 83

Scales for Rating the Behavior Characteristics of Superior Students (SRBCSS)

        Creative Thinking Checklist Screening 48, Identification 51

And

Otis Lennon School Ability Test 8th Edition:  Screening SAI 109, Identification 110

Cognitive Abilities Test Form 7 VQN Composite: Screening SAS 108, Identification 111 (K-1), 112 (2-12)

Visual and Performing Arts:

Display of Work, Audition or Performance:  ODE Rubric:

                Art Display Screening 20, Identification 21

                Musical performance Screening 17, Identification 18

                Drama performance Screening 19, Identification 20

                Dance audition Screening 25, Identification 26               

And

Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scale (GATES)

        Checklist Screening 57, Identification 78

Scales for Rating the Behavior Characteristics of Superior Students

        Art Checklist Screening 59, Identification 61

        Musical Checklist Screening 37, Identification 39

        Drama Checklist Screening 54, Identification 57

Liberty Union-Thurston Local Schools  |  1108 S. Main St  |  Baltimore, OH 43105
Phone:(740) 862-4171  |  Fax:(740) 862-2015