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Gifted Identification

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Gifted Identification

Students are identified as Gifted and Talented through the use of state-approved assessments. As outlined in House Bill 282, Ohio Revised Code 3301-51-15, the state of Ohio mandates that school districts identify students in four areas: superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking ability, and the visual and performing arts.

Areas of Identification
Gifted Identification Process
Referral & Testing Timeline
Superior Cognitive, Creative Thinking, and Specific Academic Identification Timeline 

August 20 – September 30

Referrals for fall/winter alternative assessment accepted

August – SeptemberFall MAP testing window for Grades K-9

October 1 – February 28

Assessment of fall alternative testing referrals

November 2-6

NNAT and CogAT for Grades 2 and 5

October 1 – March 6

Referrals for spring alternative assessment accepted

December - JanuaryWinter MAP testing window for Grades K-9

March 1 – May 25

Assessment of spring alternative testing referrals and students meting screening criteria on MAP, NNAT, and CogAT

MaySpring MAP testing window for Grades K-9
 
Visual & Performing Arts Identification Timeline  
Fall Evaluation 

August 23 - September 15

Referrals for visual/performing arts assessment accepted and whole grade screening for grades 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 10

September 26

Parent permission forms for visual/performing arts assessment due

October

Initial arts checklists completed by Unified Arts teachers

October 20

Results of checklists and audition information sent to families of evaluated students

November 3

Last day for eligible students to sign up for final evaluation auditions/portfolio review

(Auditions will be scheduled for November.)
 
Winter Evaluation 

September 16 - January 26

Referrals for visual/performing arts assessment accepted

February 9

Parent permission forms for visual/performing arts assessment due

February

Initial arts checklists completed by Unified Arts teachers

March 2

Results of checklists and audition information sent to families of evaluated students

March 16

Last day for eligible students to sign up for final evaluation auditions/portfolio review

(Auditions will be scheduled for April.)
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