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Gifted Plan

Policy and Plan for the Identification and service of children who are gifted.

Preble shawnee Local Schools

Policy and Plan

for the Identification and Service

of Children Who Are Gifted

DEFINITION

“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 Ohio Revised Code.

DISTRICT IDENTIFICATION PLAN

The district accepts referrals, screens and identifies, or screens and reassesses students who perform or show potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking ability, and/or visual and/or performing arts. The district must follow policy and procedures established in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15. These rules specify that assessment instruments must come from the list approved by the Ohio Department of Education.

Ø Superior Cognitive Ability

Assessments the district administers that provide for superior cognitive identification (provide at least two for assessment and reassessment purposes):

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Form 7 ID 128 SCREEN 127

VQN Composite ID 127 SCREEN 126 (K-1)

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 4th

Edition (WISC-IV) ID 127 SCREEN 126

Woodcock Johnson III (WJIII), Tests of

Cognitive Abilities ID 127 SCREEN 126

Specific Academic Ability

Assessments the district administers that provide for specific academic identification (provide at least two for assessment and reassessment purposes):

Measures of Achievement and Progress (RDG/M) ID 95% SCREEN 94%

Terra Nova, 3rd ed. (SCI, SS, M, RDG) ID 95% SCREEN 94%

Wechsler Individual Achievement Test ID 95% SCREEN 94%

(WIAT), 3rd Edition

Creative Thinking Ability

Assessments the district administers that provide for creative thinking identification (provide at least two for assessment and reassessment purposes):

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Form 7 VQN Composite ID 112 SCREEN 111 ID 111 SCREEN 110 (K-1)

Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scales (GATES) ID 83+ SCREEN 65-82

(Creative Thinking Section IV)

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 4th Edition (WISC)-IV) ID 112 SCREEN 110

Ø Visual and Performing Arts

Assessments the district administers that provide for visual and performing arts identification:

Visual Arts

Clark’s Drawing Ability Test (Grades 3 - 12 only) ID 9-10 SCREEN 6-8

ODE Rubric ID 21-24 SCREEN 16-20

GATES ID 78+ SCREEN 57-77

Drama

ODE Rubric ID 20-24 SCREEN 16-19

GATES ID 78+ SCREEN 57-77

Music

ODE Rubric ID 18-21 SCREEN 14-17

GATES ID 78+SCREEN 57-77

Dance

ODE Rubric ID 26-30 SCREEN 20-25

GATES ID 78+ SCREEN 57-77

IDENTIFICATION PROCESS

The district shall provide at least two opportunities each year for assessment in the case of children requesting assessment or recommended for assessment by teachers, parents or other children.

The district ensures there are ample and appropriate scheduling procedures for assessments and reassessment using:

- Whole Grade Tests for reading, math and superior cognitive in grades two and six and K-10 in reading and math.

- Individually administered tests in all content areas for grades K-12.

- Audition and Performance for performing arts in grades 6-12.

- Display of work in visual arts for grades 6-12.

- Exhibition for visual arts in grades 6-12.

- ODE rubrics (by referral) for the arts in grades K-12.

Referral

Children may be referred in writing on an ongoing basis, based on the following:

· Child request (self-referral);

· Teacher recommendation;

· Parent/guardian request;

· Child referral of peer; and

· Other (e.g., psychologist, community members, principal, gifted coordinator, etc.)

Upon receipt of a referral, the district will:

· Follow the process as outlined in this brochure; and

· Notify parents of results of screening or assessment and identification within 30 days.

Screening

The district ensures equal access to screening and further assessment of all district children, including culturally or linguistically diverse children, children from low socio-economic backgrounds, children with disabilities and children for whom English is a second language.

Identification

When the screening assessment has been completed, if the data obtained is from an approved identification instrument and the score meets cut-off scores specified in department of education guidance, the identification decision is made and student’s educational needs are determined. Identification scores remain in effect for the remainder of the student’s K-12 school experience.

Reassessment

When the screening assessment has been completed, if the data is from an approved screening instrument or from an identification instrument on which the student is within a district-specified range below the identification score, re-assessment for possible identification occurs.

Out of District Scores

The district accepts scores, completed within the preceding 24 months on assessment instruments approved for use by the Ohio Department of Education, provided by other schools and/or trained personnel outside the school district.

Transfer

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. Parents shall contact the building principal.

Appeal Procedure

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);

· The scheduling of children for assessment;

· The placement of a student in any program; and

· Receipt of services.

Parents should submit a letter to the superintendent or designee outlining the nature of the concern.

The superintendent or designee will convene a meeting with the parent/guardian, which may include other school personnel. The superintendent or designee will issue a written final decision within 30 days of the appeal. This written notice should include the reason for the decision(s).

DISTRICT SERVICE PLAN

The Ohio Legislature’s Amended Substitute House Bill 282 states that all school districts must identify any gifted K-12 student in their district. This law pertains only to the identification of gifted students. It does not mandate services for gifted students.

IDENTIFICATION AND SERVICE PLAN APPROVAL

District identification and service plans must be sent to the Ohio Department of Education as a part of the annual self-report. The department will review the plans within 60 days of submission. Changes in identification and/or service plan procedures must be reported to the Ohio Department of Education immediately upon revision. The department will review and notify the district within 60 days of receipt of revisions.

If you have questions, please call your building principal or Dr. Matt Bishop, Superintendent of Schools at 937-452-1283.

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