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Gifted

Crestwood Local School District Gifted Identification Plan

 

Gifted Definition:

According to Ohio Revised Code 3324.01, "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.

 

Students can be identified as gifted in the following areas:

  • Superior Cognitive Ability
  • Specific Academic Ability in these subject areas:
    • Mathematics; Reading, writing, or a combination of these skills; Science; Social Studies.
  • Creative Thinking Ability
  • Visual and Performing Arts in the following areas:  Music;  Visual Arts;  Dance;  Drama

 

Crestwood’s Gifted Identification Plan

Crestwood Local Schools follow Ohio Revised Code 3324 and the policy and procedures established in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15 in regards to gifted students in Ohio schools.  Crestwood screens and identifies students in grades K - 12 using ODE approved assessments.

 

The district offers whole grade gifted screening at set grade levels and accepts referrals for screening and identification.  The district ensures there are ample and appropriate scheduling procedures for assessments and reassessment using group tests, individually administered tests, audition, performance, display of work, exhibition, checklists.   The criteria used for screening, assessment or reassessment will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability status, first language or socioeconomic status.

 

Within 30 days of district receipt of results, Crestwood schools will notify parents of all test results.

 

The district accepts 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.

 

Whole Grade Screenings:

Whole grade screenings allow the opportunity for all students in set grade levels to be equitably included in the screening and identification process.

 

SUPERIOR COGNITIVE  and CREATIVE THINKING WHOLE GRADE SCREENING:

All second-grade students will be screened for Superior Cognitive Ability in January.

Assessment: Cognitive Abilities Test, Form 7.  

Those students who score at or above a 128 composite score will be identified as gifted per state guidelines.  Those students who score between 125 and 127 will be reassessed using the Otis Lennon School Ability Test, 8th Edition.

 

All second-grade students will be assessed for Creative Thinking Ability in February.

Assessment:  Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scales 2 (GATES 2) - Creative Thinking Section.

Students will be identified as gifted based on state guidelines given in Ohio Revised Code 3324 and Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15.

 

All fourth-grade students will be screened for Superior Cognitive Ability in January.

Assessment:  Cognitive Abilities Test, Form 7.  

Those students who score at or above a 128 composite score will be identified as gifted per state guidelines.  Those students who score between 125 and 127 will be reassessed using the Otis Lennon School Ability Test, 8th Edition.

 

All fourth-grade students will be assessed for Creative Thinking Ability in February.

Assessment:  Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scales 2 (GATES 2) - Creative Thinking Section.

Students will be identified as gifted based on state guidelines given in Ohio Revised Code 3324 and Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15.

 

SPECIFIC ACADEMIC AREA WHOLE GRADE SCREENING:

All first-grade students will be screened for the specific academic abilities of reading and math in March. Assessment:  Iowa Assessment, Form E.

Those students who score at or above the 95th percentile in a specific academic area will be identified as gifted per state guidelines.  Those students who score between the 90th and 94th percentile will be reassessed using the Stanford Achievement Test Series (SAT10).

 

All fifth-grade students will be screened for the specific academic abilities of reading and math in December.  Assessment: Iowa Assessment, Form E.

Those students who score at or above the 95th percentile in a specific academic area will be identified as gifted per state guidelines.  Those students who score between the 90th and 94th percentile will be reassessed using the Stanford Achievement Test Series (SAT10).


 

Referrals for Superior Cognitive Ability and Specific Academic Areas

Students may be referred in writing for testing in September or May, based on the following:  

  • Child request
  • Parent request
  • Teacher request
  • Peer request

 

Referral forms available in school offices and at Crestwood Pupil Services website.

 

Students will be reassessed by the gifted intervention specialist or school psychologist within 90 days of referral request.

 

Assessments used for retesting include:

  • Cognitive Abilities Test, Form 7
  • Otis Lennon School Ability Test, 8th Edition
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale, 5th Edition (WISC-V)
  • Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, 4th Edition (WPPSI-IV)
  • Iowa Assessments, Form E
  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Form A
  • Stanford Achievement Test Series,  10th Edition
  • Woodcock Johnson IV, Test of Achievement


 

VISUAL and PERFORMING ARTS

Students from all grade levels may be referred in writing for Visual and Performing Arts screening in September or May, based on the following:  

  • Child request
  • Parent request
  • Teacher request
  • Peer request

 

Assessments:  Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scales 2 (GATES 2), Section V will be used to screen students.  Students who pass the screening score will progress to portfolio or auditions, which will take place in the fall or spring and utilize ODE Visual and Performing Arts rubrics for identification.  Students will be identified as gifted based on state guidelines given in Ohio Revised Code 3324 and Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15.

 

Student Transfer

Any child transferring into the district will be assessed within 90 days of the transfer at the request of the parent.

 

Appeal Process

Parents may submit a written appeal of test results.  An appeal by the parent is the reconsideration of the results 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.  


 

District Services

The District ensures equal opportunity for all students identified as gifted to receive services offered by the District. Service placement criteria shall be consistently applied as specified in the screening and identification criteria. The criteria used may not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability status, first language or socioeconomic status. Placement for District services shall match the criteria used in determining eligibility.

 

The district offers a variety of course and enrichment opportunities.  All students identified as gifted in appropriate areas will qualify for services as listed below.  

 

Crestwood Primary School (Grade 2):  Students identified as gifted in the specific academic areas of reading and/or math will be placed in a cluster classroom.  The classroom teacher will receive ongoing professional development and support from a gifted intervention specialist.

 

Crestwood Intermediate School (Grades 3 - 5):  Students identified in superior cognitive ability, math and/or reading will meet with a gifted intervention specialist in a resource pull-out room daily for an average of fifteen percent of the school week.  Students identified as gifted in the specific academic areas of reading and/or math will be placed in a cluster classroom.

 

Crestwood Middle School (Grades 6 - 8):  Students who have been identified in superior cognitive ability and/or reading will be placed in an advanced Language Arts class co-taught by a regular classroom teacher and a gifted intervention specialist, meeting for no less than one core content class period a day. Students in grades 6 - 8 who have been identified in superior cognitive ability and/or math will also be considered for Advanced Sixth Grade Math, Algebra I, and Geometry, meeting for no less than one core content class period a day.  

 

Crestwood High School (Grades 9 - 12):  Students who have been identified in superior cognitive ability, specific subject areas of reading and/or math may choose to schedule Honors, Advanced Placement and/or College courses.

 

Written Education Plans

All school districts in Ohio reporting services to gifted students must have on file a copy of a Written Education Plan (WEP) for each student served. WEPs include a description of gifted service, a written goal for service with a method for evaluating and reporting to parents, staff responsible for service, waiver for assignments, and date for annual review.  Copies of the WEP will be provided to teachers, parents and will be filed in the student’s permanent folder.

 

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.  
 

Approved by Crestwood Local School Board, December 2017

 

All questions related to gifted screening and/or identification can be directed to the district gifted education staff:

 

Sarah Isler, Gifted Intervention Specialist Teacher

c/o Crestwood Intermediate School

330-357-8203, ext. 3314

sisler@crestwoodschools.org

 

Celia Tench, Gifted Intervention Specialist Teacher

c/o Crestwood Middle School

330-357-8204

ctench@crestwoodschools.org

 

Mike Maglionico, Director of Pupil Services

c/o Crestwood Primary School

330-357-8206, ext. 5010

mmaglionico@crestwoodschools.org

 

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