District Policy and Plan for Identification

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.

Screening and Assessing

The district uses a three-part approach to screen students who perform or show potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creativity and visual and/or performing arts.

Part I: Pre-Assessment

The pre-assessment part of the process involves gathering student data from a variety of sources, which may include teacher, parent and peer nominations, grades, portfolios, observations, review of student records and outstanding products or performances, etc. All students are involved in pre-assessment.

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 which English is a second language.

Part II: Assessment for Screening

The screening stage examines the data gathered from the pre-assessment stage and determines if additional assessment is necessary. In making decisions about additional assessment, existing test data for students is not the sole determining criteria. School personnel examine all available information about a student to determine if any evidence of possible giftedness exists for that student and conduct necessary additional assessment. District-determined cut-off scores, to move students from the screening stage to the assessment stage, are lower than the scores necessary for identification.

Part III: Assessment for Identification

Assessment strategies provide additional data necessary for an identification decision and the delivery of services. Strategies for additional assessment include the individual and group testing requirements of Sections 3324.01-3324.07 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Assessment Instruments

Superior Cognitive Ability

  • Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test: Screen, 127 (screening only)
  • Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT): Screen, 127; ID, 129
  • InView: Screen, 126; ID, 128
  • Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT): Screen, 124; ID, 126
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV: 130 minus standard error of measure (SEM) – ID only
  • Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test (UNIT): 130 minus standard error of measure (SEM) – ID only

Specific Academic Ability

  • Terra Nova, The Third Ed. CAT: Screen 93 percentile; ID, 95 percentile
  • Iowa Tests of Basic Skills: Screen, 93 percentile; ID, 95 percentile
  • Stanford Achievement Test 10: Screen, 93 percentile; ID, 95 percentile
  • Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement-III: Screen, 93 percentile; ID, 95 percentile

Once additional assessment has been completed, the data obtained throughout the stages of identification are evaluated, the identification decision is made and students’ educational needs are determined.

Referral

The district will ensure that there are ample and appropriate scheduling procedures for assessments and reassessment using:

  • Group test;
  • Individually-administered test;
  • Audition, performance;
  • Display of work;
  • Exhibition; and,
  • Checklists.

Children may be referred 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 handbook; and,
  • Notify parents of results of screening or assessment and identification.

The district will provide at least two opportunities a year for assessment in the case of children requesting assessment by teachers, parents or other children (e.g. District grade-level ability and achievement testing and fall gifted testing).  The referral form is linked below.

Gifted Referral-Permission Form

General

The district will accept scores on assessment instruments approved for use by the Ohio Department of Education provided by other school districts and/or trained personnel outside the school district.

Transfer

Scores on assessment instruments provided by other school districts or trained personnel outside the school district, provided the assessment instruments are on the list approved by the Ohio Department of Education, will be treated in the same manner as scores obtained on assessments administered within the school district. In addition, Olentangy Local Schools ensures that any child transferring into the district will be assessed at the request of the parent.

The district will ensure that any child transferring into the district will be assessed within 90 days of the transfer by request of the parent.

Services

The district will ensure equal opportunity for all district students identified as gifted and meeting the service criteria, to receive any services offered by the district.

Appeal Procedure

An appeal by the parent is the reconsideration of the results of any part of the identification process that 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.

If a parent wishes to pursue an appeal, he/she 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, 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(s) for the decision.

For a complete list of all district policies and testing information related to gifted identification, please click the following link: OLSD Policy and Plan for ID and Service