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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 1-5

NNAT and Terra Nova/Inview Testing 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 Terra Nova/Inview

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

September 1 - October 21

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

November 18

Parent permission forms for visual/performing arts assessment due


Checklists completed by Unified Arts teachers

January 20


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

February 10

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

(Auditions will be scheduled for April.) 
March 11Visual Performing Arts Auditions
March 25 - April 15Parents and schools notified of audition results
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