Gifted Program

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 9th grade math, 10th and 11th grade English, and a variety of College Credit Plus options. 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. 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 10th and 11th grade English, 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. These tests take place during the school day, and referred students must have parental consent on file to participate. Links for referral and parent consent forms are located below. P

ARENT NOTIFICATION OF WHOLE GRADE TESTING

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)*. 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.

Reading and math MAP testing will also take place in April or May. Check back for updated information.

Kindergarten:

Reading MAP - January 8

Math MAP – January 16

1st grade:

Reading MAP - January 10

Math MAP – January 17

2nd grade:

OLSAT on November 13 & 14

Reading MAP - January 10

Math MAP – January 17

3rd grade:

Reading MAP - January 9

Math MAP – January 12

4th grade:

Reading MAP - January 9

Math MAP – January 12

5th grade:

OLSAT on November 14

Reading MAP - January 8

Math MAP – January 11

6th grade:

Math MAP - January 9

Reading MAP – January 10

7th grade:

Reading and Math MAP on January 11

8th grade:

Reading and Math MAP on January 12

*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.” If you have any questions, please contact Lori Ebert at 330-669-3165 or gren_ebert@tccsa.net .

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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