Greenville City Schools
Gifted Services
Gifted Screening and Identification

The state of Ohio defines a student who is gifted 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” (Ohio Revised Code 3324.01).

Public school districts are required to identify students in grades K-12 for gifted identification in the following areas:
• Superior cognitive ability;
• Specific academic ability: reading/writing, mathematics, science, and social studies;
• Creative thinking ability; and
• Visual and performing arts ability: dance, drama, music, and visual arts.

Criteria for Identification by Ability Area
Superior Cognitive Ability:   Districts shall identify students as gifted in the area of superior cognitive ability when a student accomplishes any of the following:  scores two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved intelligence test; performs at or above the ninety-fifth percentile on an approved composite battery of a nationally normed achievement test; or attains an approved score on an approved nationally-normed above grade level achievement test.

Specific Academic Ability:  Districts shall identify students as gifted in the area of specific academic ability when a student performs at or above the ninety-fifth percentile in a specific academic ability field on an approved nationally-normed achievement test.

Creative Thinking Ability:  Districts shall identify students as gifted in the area of creative thinking ability when a student scores one standard deviation above the mean, minus the standard error of measure, on an approved intelligence test and also attains a qualifying score on an approved checklist of creative behaviors or creativity test.

Visual and Performing Arts Ability:  Districts shall identify students as gifted in the area of visual and performing arts ability when a student demonstrates superior ability in a visual or performing arts area through a display of work, an audition, or other performance or exhibition and a qualifying score on an approved checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area.


Referrals and Whole Grade Screenings for Identification
A student is considered screened for gifted identification when he or she is evaluated using an instrument approved for gifted identification.  Districts will evaluate students referred or recommended for gifted identification and provide opportunities for evaluation during whole grade screenings.

Referrals:  Parents, teacher, other school personnel, community members, or peers may refer students for gifted identification evaluation.  Students may also refer themselves.  Once a school or district receives a referral or recommendation for the evaluation of a student, they must test within ninety days of the referral.  Districts are required to provide two opportunities per year for the evaluation of students in grades K-12 who are referred for identification in any area of gifted ability.

Whole Grade Screenings:  Districts must provide whole-grade screenings in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability reading/writing, specific academic ability mathematics, and creative thinking ability once during the K-2 grade band and once again during the 3-6 grade band.  Districts must use assessments approved for gifted identification in order to meet this requirement.

Myths about Gifted Students
Myth:  Gifted children will achieve without guidance.
Fact:  Without appropriate guidance and support, gifted children may lose motivation or underachieve.

Myth:  Gifted students are best served when tutoring others or when given larger quantities of work at average grade level.
Fact:  When gifted students consistently tutor others, often they are not learning anything new.  This can cause unhealthy self-esteem issues for both the tutored and the gifted student.  Gifted children need a high degree of educational challenge, not more of an average level.  

Myth:  Gifted students are ‘teacher pleasers,’ are easy to teach, and will always make straight “A’s.”
Fact:    In order for gifted students to maintain high levels of achievement, teachers must make curricular adjustments, not just give ‘more’ work.  Without appropriate modifications, gifted students may develop behavior problems.  Gifted students will not always achieve, especially if unmotivated.

Knowing the Student:  Other Considerations about Gifted Learners
Gifted students may experience specific social and emotional considerations:
• Asynchronous development
• Underachievement
• Perfectionism
• Twice-Exceptionality

Modify Instruction and Assessment
There are three ways to differentiate standards for gifted students:  teaching advanced skills and using high quality, grade-appropriate content; teaching grade-level skills and using above-grade level content; and teaching advanced skills and using above-grade level content.

A Written Education Plan (WEP) is written for students receiving gifted services.  The WEP provides:

• Strategies
• Acceleration
• Concept Maps
• Compacting
• Problem-Based Learning
• Tiered Assignments/Stations

GCS Process for Identifying and Serving Gifted Learners

Identification
When the screening assessment has been completed, 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 experience.

District Service Plan
The district ensures equal opportunity for all district students identified as gifted to receive any services offered by the district for which the student meets the criteria.  (Include all formal services provided by the district.)


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.

Referral Process
Teacher/Parent/Student

Building Principal

Laura Bemus

School Psychologist

Vicky Warner (GES), Emily McIntyre (GMS), Laura Bemus (GHS) 

Parents and Teachers notified of results

WEP initiated, if identified as gifted

Staff
Laura Bemus
Assistant Superintendent
Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Services
937-548-3185 ext. 763

Krista Quellhorst
Administrative Assistant
937-548-3185
kquellhorst@gcswave.com
       
Vicky Warner
K-4 Gifted Specialist
937-548-3185
vwarner@gcswave.com

Emily McIntyre
5- 8 Gifted Specialist
937-548-3185
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