Liberty Union-Thurston Local Schools currently has one Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) and a Coordinator of Gifted Services:
Sara Hayes- Coordinator of Gifted Services
(ph) 740-862-4171 ext. 4152
The State of Ohio defines a gifted student as one who “performs or shows potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. " The Student Services office is responsible for identifying and working to meet the needs of our gifted students.
Ohio law requires that school districts test and identify students for giftedness. Liberty Union-Thurston Local Schools provides multiple opportunities for such testing throughout a student’s academic career.
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.