According to Ohio House Bill 282, all public school districts in Ohio are required to identify students for giftedness. This law, however, does not mandate any services for identified gifted and talented students. Areas of gifted identification include: superior cognitive ability and achievement, specific academic (math, reading, science, and social studies), creative thinking, and visual/performing arts (visual art, dance, drama, music).
Assessment procedures vary for each area of identification. Visual/performing arts assessments are offered throughout the school year on an annual basis. All teachers, counselors, and administrators receive notification of students who have been identified as gifted in any of the domains.
If you would like your child to be assessed for gifted identification, referral forms are available in the school offices and through the building gifted intervention specialist (GIS).
The referral form can be completed by parents/guardians, teachers, or peers of children who perform, or show the potential for performing, at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment (state definition). If your child has been identified as gifted in one or more of the above domains, additional referral/assessment for that domain is not necessary. Once a student has been identified as gifted in a domain, the student maintains the gifted identification throughout his/her schooling in Ohio. To maintain the eligibility for services, scores attained within the previous 24 months are used. Matrices for gifted services are available online on the Gifted Intervention Specialists’ websites or at your child’s school.
Whole-grade gifted assessment is regularly completed throughout a child’s school career. In grades 2, 4, and 6, students take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Cognitive Abilities Test. These tests can be used to help identify students as gifted in the domains of Superior Cognitive Ability and Specific Academic Ability. The SAT and ACT can also be used to identify giftedness. Additionally, our Gifted Intervention Specialists coordinate assessments based on parent/teacher referrals.