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.

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, for 7th-12th graders in visual art, and a variety of 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 also provided through the accelerated classes. Enrichment may be available during WIN times as well. For students with visual art gifted identifications, at least one semester of art per school year is available, and instruction is individualized to support their continuous development in art. The gifted program is intended to challenge the very brightest students who have significant educational needs beyond typical instruction in their area of gifted identification. Placement in gifted service settings is automatic for gifted students unless a parent submits written notice declining these services. A link to "Decline Gifted Services Form" is located below.

 

While many of our gifted program services are at the elementary and middle school levels, additional options exist. Gifted services are offered to older students through visual arts classes, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II, Honors English 9 & 10, College Credit Plus courses, and the International Baccalaureate program. High school students with a gifted identification are strongly encouraged to participate in these classes in their specific areas of giftedness. When high school students choose not to select these options in their area(s) of gifted identification(s), they are considered to be declining gifted services. Finally, 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 application deadline of May 1) and early graduation are options for specific situations.

 

TESTING FOR GIFTED IDENTIFICATION

 

The Ohio Department of Education requires school districts to administer whole-grade testing for the purpose of gifted identification. 2nd grade 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. In addition, all 2nd and 5th graders are assessed each year for superior cognitive and creative thinking giftedness.* The ACT is given to all juniors at Smithville High School and is taken by many SHS students at other times and locations; these scores may also be used for gifted identifications in reading, writing, science, and math. 

 

Each year 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. Referrals for this superior cognitive testing for kindergarten through 12th grades are collected in January and February each year, with assessments in the spring. Spring referrals are made for visual art evaluations that occur every May. Links for referral and parent consent forms, along with specific referral deadlines and test dates when they are available, are located at the bottom of this page. 

 

2021-2022 GIFTED TESTING DATES

 

This year students attending school in person at Green Local will be tested on or near the following dates with assessments that are approved for gifted identifications. 

 

Kindergarten:

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing TBA (REFERRALS DUE TBA)

 

1st grade:

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing TBA (REFERRALS DUE TBA)

 

2nd grade:

Reading MAP - Sept. 2

Math MAP - Sept. 3

Superior cognitive and creative thinking, whole-grade screening - November 2-5, 2021

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing TBA (REFERRALS DUE TBA)

 

3rd grade:

Reading MAP - Sept. 3

Math MAP - Sept. 7

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing TBA (REFERRALS DUE TBA)

 

4th grade:

Reading MAP - Aug. 31

Math MAP - Sept. 2

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing TBA (REFERRALS DUE TBA)

 

5th grade:

Reading MAP - Aug. 30

Math MAP - Sept. 3

Superior cognitive and creative thinking, whole-grade screening - November 2-5, 2021 

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing TBA (REFERRALS DUE TBA)

 

6th grade:

Reading MAP -  Sept.

Math MAP - Aug. 27 

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing TBA (REFERRALS DUE TBA)

 

7th grade:

Reading MAP - Sept.

Math MAP - Aug. 26-27

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing TBA (REFERRALS DUE TBA)

 

8th grade:

Reading MAP - Sept. 

Math MAP - Aug. 26

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing TBA (REFERRALS DUE TBA)

 

9th - 12th grade:

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing TBA (REFERRALS DUE TBA)

 

11th grade:

ACT - February 

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*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 below to download the “Decline Whole-Grade Gifted Testing Form."

GIFTED RESOURCES

 

Consent / Decline Evaluation Form

District Gifted Education Guidelines

District Acceleration Policy

Referral Form

Decline Whole-Grade Gifted Testing Form

WEP Student Information Questionnaire

Appeals Form

Withdrawal Form

Decline Gifted Services Form

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