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Grand Valley Local School District

Gifted Education

The Board of Education shall ensure that procedures are established to identify all gifted students. The District follows the identification eligibility criteria as specified in Section 3324.03 of the Ohio Revised Code and the Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students as specified in the District Plan.

Definition

"Gifted" means students 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.

A student shall be identified as exhibiting "superior cognitive ability" if the student did either of the following within the preceding twenty-four months:

  • Scored two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual standardized intelligence test administered by a licensed school psychologist or licensed psychologist;
  • Accomplished any one of the following:

✔ Scored at least two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved standardized group intelligence test;

✔ 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;

✔ Attained an approved score on one or more above-grade level standardized,

nationally normed approved tests.

A student 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 student:

  • Performs at or above the ninety-fifth percentile at the national level on an approved individual or group standardized achievement test of specific academic ability in that field.

A student may be identified as gifted in more than one specific academic ability field.

A student shall be identified as exhibiting "creative thinking ability" superior to children of a similar age, if within the previous twenty-four months, the student:

  • Scored one standard deviation above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual or group intelligence test and also
  • Did either of the following:

✔ Attained a sufficient score, as established by the department of education, on an approved individual or group test of creative ability;

✔ Exhibited sufficient performance, as established by the department of education, on an approved checklist of creative behaviors.

A student shall be identified as exhibiting "visual or performing arts ability" superior to that of children of similar age if the student has done both of the following:

  • Demonstrated through a display of work, an audition, or other performance or exhibition, superior ability in a visual or performing arts area;
  • Exhibited sufficient performance, as established by the department of education, on an approved checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area.

After any initial gifted identification made in conformance with this rule, a student shall remain identified regardless of subsequent testing or classroom performance.

Grand Valley Local School District Identification and Service Plan

Part I: Identification

Superior Cognitive Ability

Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test Third Edition (NNAT 3)

Grades 1 and 4; Naglieri Ability Index Score (NAI score) of 126, screen score of 125.

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-5th Edition (WISC-V)

(Referral): ID Score (FSIQ or GAI) of 127; screen score of 126

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-4th Edition (WPPSI-IV) (School year 2018-19 only)

(Referral): ID Sore (FSIQ or GAI) of 127; screen score 126

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, 4th Edition (WAIS-IV) (School year 2018-19 only)

(Referral): ID 127; Screen 126

Specific Academic Ability

Terra Nova-Third Edition

Whole Grade administration: Grade(s) 2 and 3 Reading/Math/Science/Social Studies; Identified with score of 95th % or above; Screen score 94th%

Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Achievement

(Referral and Reassessment) Grades K-12; Id score of 95th % Screen of 94th %

Creative Thinking Ability

A specific score is required on the NNAT 3 for possible identification using the GATES 2.

Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test Third Edition (NNAT3); Must meet the qualifying score:

Grade 1 and 4: NAI of 110 to qualify for possible Creative Thinking Identification using Gates 2 checklist.

Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students (SRBCSS) , Checklist of Creative Behavior Component, Grades 1 and 4: Identified with score of 51 or higher. Reassessment 41-50.

Visual and Performing Arts Ability

Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scale 2 (GATES 2) Artistic Talent Section, Questions 41-50 (School year 2018-2019)(Drama, Music, Visual Arts)

Ages 5-18 Identification score of 111; reassess 90-100

Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students (SRBCSS) , Checklist of characteristics using the Component of Artistic Behavior, Musical Characteristics, or Dramatics , Grades K -12; Identified Visual Arts with a score of 61 or higher with reassess at 59-60; Identification for Musical with a score of 39 or higher with reassessment at 37-38; Identified in Dramatics with a score of 57 or higher with a reassessment at 54-56.

Ohio Department of Education Rubric

Grades K-12

Dance: ID Score = 26-30; Reassess = 20-25

Drama: ID Score of 20-24 Reassess = 19-19

Music: ID Score of 18-21 Reassess= 14-17

Visual Arts: ID Score of 21-24 Reassess = 16-20

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:

Type of AssessmentContent Area(s)Grade Level(s)
  • Whole-Grade Tests
Sup. Cog. 

Reading/Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies
Grades 1 and 4; (NNAT 3)

Grades 2 and 3; Terra Nova
  • Individually-Administered Tests
Specific Academic
Superior Cognitive
WJ IV
WISC-V, WPPSI-IV, WAIS-IV
  • Audition, Performance
Performing Arts:
Dance
Drama/Theater
Music
K-12 ODE Rubric for Drama, Music, and Dance Performance
  • Display of Work
Visual Arts:
Drawing, Painting, Sculpting
K-12 ODE Rubric for Visual Arts
  • Exhibition
Visual Arts:
Drawing, Painting, Sculpting
K-12 ODE Rubric for Visual Arts
  • Checklists
Creative Thinking AbilityQualifying Score on NNAT 3 and Qualifying Score on (SRBCSS)


Referral: (See link below for proper referral form (s)

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 here; 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).

Part II: DISTRICT SERVICE PLAN

The Grand Valley Local School District delivers all gifted services in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code. These codes require public school districts to identify students who are gifted; however are not required to provide gifted education service. The district does ensure that equal opportunity for all district students identified as gifted to receive any services offered and available by the district. Grand Valley acknowledges that gifted students have unique needs and strive to offer a continuum of options as appropriate for students.

Program TypeDistrict Name for ServiceService ProviderFormal Plan
Service
Early Entrance to Kindergarten or Grade 1 within Reg. ClassroomGeneral Education TeacherWritten Acceleration Plan (WAP)
ServiceCluster Group ClassroomReg. Classroom Teacher With support of GISWritten Education Plan (WEP)
ServiceSubject Acceleration (i.e. Alg. 1)Reg. Classroom Teacher with Support from GISWritten Education Plan (WEP), WAP Year one
ServiceAdvanced PlacementReg. Classroom Teacher with Support from GISWritten Education Plan (WEP)
ServiceCCPReg. Education Teacher Written Education Plan (WEP)
ServiceCP/Honors ClassroomReg. Classroom Teach with Support from GISWritten Education Plan (WEP)
ServiceEducational OptionReg. Ed. TecherWritten Education Plan (WEP)
ServicePost-Secondary Option CoursesReg. Ed. TeacherWritten Education Plan (WEP)
ServiceResource Room/Pull OutGifted Intervention Specialist Written Education Plan (WEP)
ServiceInnovativeGifted Intervention Specialist Written Education Plan (WEP)


*Service providers shall receive specialized training in gifted education in accordance with the Ohio Standards for Identifying and Serving Students who are identified as Gifted.

Written Education Plans

When students identified as gifted are reported to parents and the Ohio Department of Education as served, they must have a Written Education Plan in compliance with the Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students.

Withdrawal

If at any time a student wishes to withdraw from gifted programs or services the request should be written by the parent or child to the building administrator. If children request to withdraw, parents will be notified.

DISTRICT ENRICHMENT PLAN

Enrichments are activities purposely designed to expose students to a wide variety of disciplines, issues, occupations, hobbies, persons, places and/or events. They may expand the score of the regular curriculum or introduce topics not covered in the general education program. Any staff member may be the originator of enrichment, and the student audience will vary depending on interest and ability. Enrichments are not reported to the Ohio Department of Education as gifted services.

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.

Additional Resources:

Contact Information:
If you have questions, please contact your building Principal and/or Coordinator of Gifted Services for Grand Valley Local School District at Ashtabula County ESC, 440-576-9023.