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 x 3114.

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 to Decline 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 9-10, 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 in their subject(s) of gifted identification(s), 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.

 

Students who are identified as gifted in visual arts receive services in grades 7-12. They take at least a semester of art each school year and receive individualized instruction from their art teachers to develop their skills beyond the regular art curriculum. These students are encouraged and supported in exploring a variety of techniques and media, as well as creating pieces to expand and diversify their portfolios.

Early entrance to kindergarten (with a recommended 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.*

 

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 a parent's or guardian's consent on file to participate. Referrals for this superior cognitive testing for kindergarten through 12th grade students with permission forms are due January 28, 2022, with testing throughout March (see below). Links for referral and parent consent forms are located at the bottom of this page. 

 

2021-2022 GIFTED TESTING DATES

 

This year students 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 - Week of March 14 or March 21 (REFERRALS DUE January 28)

Art - TBD

 

1st grade:

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing - Week of March 14 or March 21 (REFERRALS DUE January 28)

Art - TBD

 

2nd grade:

Reading MAP - September 2

Math MAP - September 3

Superior cognitive and creative thinking, whole-grade screening - Week of November 1

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing - Week of March 14 (REFERRALS DUE January 28)

Art - TBD

 

3rd grade:

Reading MAP - September 3

Math MAP - September 7

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing - Week of March 7 (REFERRALS DUE January 28)

Art - TBD

 

4th grade:

Reading MAP - August 31 

Math MAP - September 2

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing - Week of March 7 (REFERRALS DUE January 28)

Art - TBD

 

5th grade:

Reading MAP - August 30

Math MAP - September 3

Superior cognitive and creative thinking, whole-grade screening - Week of November 1

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing - Week of March 7 (REFERRALS DUE January 28)

Art - TBD

 

6th grade: 

Reading MAP - September 27

Math MAP - September 26

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing - Week of March 14 (REFERRALS DUE January 28)

Art - TBD

 

7th grade:

Reading MAP - September 27

Math MAP - September 26

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing - Week of March 7 (REFERRALS DUE January 28)

Art - TBD

 

8th grade:

Reading MAP - September 27

Math MAP - September 26

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing - Week of March 7 (REFERRALS DUE January 28)

Art - TBD

 

9th - 12th grade:

Annual Superior Cognitive Testing - Week of March 7 (REFERRALS DUE January 28)

Art - TBD

 

11th grade:

ACT - March 1

  

*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

 

Consent / Decline Evaluation Form

District Gifted Education Guidelines

District Acceleration Policy

Referral Form

Decline Whole-Grade Gifted Testing Form

Appeals Form

Accelerated Class Withdrawal Form

Gifted Program Withdrawal Form

Decline Gifted Services Form

 

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