Gifted Education Identification
The State of Ohio revised the Operating Standards for Identification and Service of Gifted Students in March 2008. As a result, we have realigned the district service plan to reflect the changes in this law. Ohio law does not mandate services for gifted students. Each school district must determine what services will be provided as well as the criteria that a student must meet in order to qualify for such services/programs.
Identification of Gifted Students
“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.
Superior Cognitive Identification
A child shall be identified as exhibiting “superior cognitive ability” if the child scored 129 or above on the CogAT ability test or a standardized test of Intelligence within the last 24 months.
Specific Academic Identification
A child shall be identified as exhibiting “specific academic ability” if the child performs at or above the ninety-fifth percentile on a nationally-normed achievement test within the last 24 months.
Creative Thinking Ability
A child shall be identified as exhibiting “creative thinking ability” if the child scored a 115 on an ability or intelligence test and a sufficient score on an ODE-approved checklist.
Visual and Performing Arts
A child shall be identified as exhibiting “visual or performing arts ability” by demonstrating through a display of work, an audition, or performance with superior ability and a sufficient score on an ODE-approved checklist.