Lima City Board of Education Policy
PROGRAM
2464

GIFTED EDUCATION AND IDENTIFICATION



GIFTED EDUCATION AND IDENTIFICATION

The Board of Education shall ensure that procedures are established to identify all
gifted students. The District follows the identification eligibility criteria as specified
in Section 3324.03 of the Ohio Revised Code and the Operating Standards for
Identifying and Serving Gifted Students as specified in the District Plan.

"Gifted" students perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels
of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or
environment. Annually, children who are gifted are identified by professionally
qualified persons using a variety of assessment procedures. The Board encourages
efforts to provide services for the children who are gifted as an integral part of the
total kindergarten through grade 12 program.

The Superintendent shall identify children in grades kindergarten through twelve,
who may be gifted in one or more of the following areas:

A. Superior Cognitive Ability

B. Specific Academic Ability in one or more of the following content
areas:

1. Mathematics

2. Science

3. Reading, writing, or a combination of these skills

4. Social studies

C. Creative Thinking Ability

D. Visual or Performing Arts Ability such as drawing, painting,
sculpting, music, dance, drama.

Only those instruments approved by the Ohio Department of Education shall be
used for screening, assessment, and identification of children who are gifted as
provided in the Chart of Approved Assessment Instruments for Gifted Screening and
Identification. The District shall select instruments from the approved list that will
allow for appropriate screening and identification of minority and disadvantaged
students, students with disabilities, and students for whom English is a second
language.

Scores on Ohio Department of Education approved assessment instruments
provided by other school districts and trained personnel outside the School District
shall be accepted.

The Board of Education shall adopt and the Superintendent shall submit to the
Ohio Department of Education a plan for the screening, assessment, and
identification of children who are gifted. Any revisions to the District plan will be
submitted to the Ohio Department of Education for approval. The identification
plan shall include the following:

A. the criteria and methods used to screen and select children for
further assessment who perform or show potential for performing at
remarkably high levels of accomplishment in one of the gifted areas

B. the sources of assessment data used to select children for further
testing and an explanation to parents of the multiple assessment
instruments required to identify children who are gifted

C. an explanation for parents of the methods used to ensure equal
access to screening and further assessment by all District children,
culturally and linguistically diverse children, children from low
socio-economic background, children with disabilities, and children
for whom English is a second language

D. the process of notifying parents regarding all policies and
procedures concerning the screening, assessment, and identification
of children who are gifted

E. provision of an opportunity for parents to appeal any decision about
the results of any screening procedure for assessment, the
scheduling of children for assessment, or the placement of a student
in any program or for receipt of services

F. procedures for the assessment of children who transfer into the
District

G. at least two (2) opportunities a year for assessment in the case of
children requesting assessment or recommended for assessment by
teachers, parents, or other children

The District's plan may provide for contracting with any qualified public or private
service provider for screening or assessment services under the plan.

The Superintendent shall:

A. ensure equal opportunity for all children identified as gifted to
receive any or all services offered by the District;

B. implement a procedure for withdrawal of children from District
services and for reassessment of children;

C. implement a procedure for resolving disputes with regard to
identification and placement decisions;

D. inform parents of the contents of this policy as required by
R.C. 3324.06;

E. submit, as required, an annual report to the Ohio Department of
Education.

Placement procedures for District services shall be in conformance with the
District's written criteria for determining eligibility for placement in those services.

A. Written criteria for determining eligibility for placement in a gifted
service shall be provided to any parent, District educator, or the
Ohio Department of Education upon request.

B. Written criteria provided by the District shall include an explanation
of the methods used to ensure equal access to each gifted service for
all eligible District students, including minority or disadvantaged
students, students with disabilities, and students for whom English
is a second language.

C. Services which students receive shall be consistent with their area(s)
of identification and shall be differentiated to meet their needs.

D. Subjective criteria such as teacher recommendations shall not be
used to exclude a student from service in the superior cognitive and
specific academic areas who would otherwise be eligible.

E. All District students who meet the written criteria for a gifted service
shall be provided an equal opportunity to receive that service.

The Superintendent shall implement all policies and procedures in accordance with
laws, rules and regulations, and follow the Operating Standards for Identifying and
Serving Gifted Students.

The Superintendent shall develop a plan for the service of gifted students enrolled in
the District identified under this policy. Services specified in the plan may include
such options as the following:

A. a differentiated curriculum

B. differentiated instruction

C. cluster groupings

D. mentorships/internships

E. whole grade acceleration (see Policy 54 1 0)

F. subject acceleration (see Policy 5410)

G. early entrance (see Policy 51121

H. early high school graduation (see Policy 5464)

I. dual enrollment options including, but not limited to, the
postsecondary enrollment option program

J. advanced placement

K. honors classes

L. magnet schools

M. self-contained classrooms

N. resource rooms

O. independent study/educational options

P. advanced online courses and programs

Q. internships

R. other options identified in the rules of the Ohio Department of
Education.

A Written Education Plan (WEP) will guide the gifted services based on the student's
area(s) of identification and individual needs. The Written Education Plan shall:

A. provide a description of the services to be provided;

B. specify staff members responsible for providing that specific services
are delivered;

C. implement a procedure for resolving disputes with regard to
identification and placement decisions;

D. specify policies regarding the waiver of assignments and the
scheduling of tests missed while participating in any gifted services
provided outside the general classroom if different from the District
policy detailed below;

E. specify a date by which the WEP will be reviewed for possible
revision.

Students participating in gifted services provided outside the general education
classroom will generally be exempted from routine class work (worksheets,
homework, etc.) assigned during absences from the regular classroom due to
participation in the gifted services. Students are to turn in work due the day of
absence and make arrangements to make up missed tests. Special class work
(projects, book reports, etc.) assigned during the student's absence are to be
completed. Exceptions to this policy will be detailed in the student's Written
Education Plan.

The District shall report to parents and the Ohio Department of Education that a
student is receiving gifted education services only if the services are provided in
conformance with the Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted
Students.



R.C. 3301.07(K), 3324.01 - 3324.07, 3315.09, 3317.024(0)
A.C. 3301-51-15



Revised 6/25/09




NEOLA 2008



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