Gifted Program

Questions about gifted testing and services should be directed to Lori Ebert, Gifted Program Coordinator, at gren_ebert@tccsa.net or 330-669-3165 x3114.

 

GIFTED SERVICES

The gifted program at Green Local Schools exists to provide appropriately challenging instruction for students who have been identified as gifted according to district procedures. Currently our district offers gifted services for 1st- 8th graders in reading and math, as well as specific options in high school.

Elementary and middle school students gifted in superior cognitive or reading are provided with gifted reading services, and students gifted in superior cognitive or math are provided with gifted math services. Using cluster grouping, gifted students are grouped together for daily instruction within the regular language arts and math classes by teachers who have received training in working with gifted students. Grade-level standards are the primary focus, but students may move at a faster pace; encounter more depth, breadth, or complexity; or receive support to go beyond grade-level work when appropriate. In middle school math, gifted services are provided through the accelerated classes. Enrichment may be provided during WIN times as well. The program is intended to challenge the very brightest students who have significant educational needs beyond the typical math and / or reading work. Participation in gifted clusters is automatic for gifted students unless a parent submits written notice declining these services. A link for declining gifted services form is located below.

While the focus of our gifted program services is at the elementary and middle school levels, additional options exist. Gifted services are offered to older students through Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II, Honors English 9-11, College Credit Plus courses, and the International Baccalaureate program. High school students with gifted identifications are strongly encouraged to participate in these classes in their specific areas of giftedness. When high school students choose not to select Honors, College Credit Plus, or International Baccalaureate options, they are considered to be declining gifted services. Also, students who consistently perform well above their assigned grade levels may be considered for subject or grade acceleration.

Early entrance to kindergarten (with a recommended deadline of May 1) and early graduation are options for specific situations.

 

TESTING FOR GIFTED IDENTIFICATION

All students in our district are tested in elementary and middle school to determine those who meet the gifted criteria. MAP tests are administered three times each school year to all kindergarten through 8th grade students and some high school students. Gifted identification in reading and / or math is just one of several uses of MAP data at Green Local.

In November all 2nd and 5th graders also take a standardized test for giftedness in the areas of superior cognitive and creative thinking.

In the spring the district provides additional testing opportunities for eligible individual students who have not yet been identified as gifted, but who have been referred to participate in gifted identification testing for superior cognitive. These tests take place during the school day, and referred students must have parental consent on file to participate. Teacher referrals for this superior cognitive testing will be collected throughout January 2019, and parents will be contacted for permission to evaluate these students. Parent referrals for the spring superior cognitive testing opportunity are also being accepted from January 3 through February 20, 2019. "Superior Cognitive" should be marked on the referral form. This is a firm deadline, and a consent for evaluation form must accompany the referral. Testing will take place between March 18 and April 5 (exact dates will be posted in March). Links for referral and parent consent forms are located below. 

 

2018-2019 Gifted Testing Dates

 

The Ohio Department of Education requires school districts to administer whole-grade testing for the purpose of gifted identification. All 2nd and 5th graders are assessed for superior cognitive and creative thinking giftedness using the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)*. Students in other grades will be tested by referral in the spring. In addition, kindergarten through middle school students at Green Local participate in MAP testing throughout the school year to monitor students’ learning, and these results may also be used for gifted identifications in the specific academic areas of reading and math.

 

This year students at Green Local will be tested on or near the following dates.

 

Kindergarten:

Reading MAP – September 5, January 15

Math MAP – September 7, January 17

 

1st grade:

Reading MAP - September 4, January 14

Math MAP – September 6, January 16

 

2nd grade:

OLSAT on November 12-16

Reading MAP – August 29, January 15

Math MAP – August 31, January 17

 

3rd grade:

Reading MAP - August 29, January 8

Math MAP – August 31, January 10

 

4th grade:

Reading MAP - August 28, January 16

Math MAP – August 30, January 18

 

5th grade:

OLSAT on November 12-16

Reading MAP – August 28, January 9

Math MAP – August 30, January 11

 

6th grade:

Reading MAP – September 5, January 9

Math MAP – September 6, January 10

 

7th grade:

Reading MAP – August 31, January 11

Math MAP – August 31, January 11

 

8th grade:

Reading MAP - August 29, January 7

Math MAP – August 28, January 7

 

*A parent may decline to have a child participate in the whole-grade gifted program testing by submitting a form to the building administrator at least one week prior to the scheduled testing. See the district Gifted web page to download the “Form to Decline Whole Grade Gifted Testing.”

 

GIFTED RESOURCES

District Gifted Education Guidelines

District Acceleration Policy

Referral Form

Consent / Decline Evaluation Form

Decline Whole-Grade Gifted Testing Form

WEP Student Information Questionnaire

Appeals Form

Withdrawal Form

Decline Gifted Services Form

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