Olentangy Local School District Gifted Services Program
Olentangy Local Schools in Lewis Center, OH
Schools in the Olentangy Local School District provide gifted students and talented students with opportunities to enrich their cognitive, learning, research, and communication skills by participating in the Gifted Services Program.
The state of Ohio defines gifted students as those who perform or show potential at remarkably high levels of accomplishment compared to peers of their age group, experience, and/or environment.
Olentangy Local School District gifted program embraces the philosophy that for gifted instruction, one size doesn’t fit all, and that different students will benefit from a range of services and programs based on their needs and strengths.
Gifted Intervention Specialists (GIS) work with classroom teachers to design differentiated, rigorous curricula to provide students with challenges to help build self-directed critical thinking skills.
Olentangy Local Schools provides gifted students with a continuum of services to support learners in grades K-12. Services consist of a combination of the following components, including differentiated instruction, consultation, guidance, advanced coursework, classroom cluster grouping, direct services in math and/or reading, and single subject or whole grade acceleration.
Differentiated instruction is offered to children in their regular classrooms based on their interests, needs, and abilities. Formative assessment data helps teachers and gifted specialists to evaluate students’ knowledge base and ascertain their skills and needs to provide work and lesson plans that are appropriately challenging.
At the middle and high school levels, gifted learners enjoy multiple opportunities to pursue advanced curriculum through a variety of course options, including honors, AP, and dual-enrollment options at the high school levels. Gifted learners are able to meet their academic needs through advanced coursework in mixed ability classroom settings.
Gifted students in the Olentangy Local School District may also benefit from cluster grouping – a method of grouping identified students in the classroom with one teacher for designated gifted learning, while other students learn in mixed ability classrooms.
Direct services also provide gifted students with enrichment either in the regular classroom setting, or in gifted classrooms. Students can receive direct services in math and/or reading from classroom teachers who collaborate with gifted specialists to design curricula aimed at goals that include promoting problem-solving and investigatory abilities, leadership and communication skills.
At the most intensive level, gifted students may receive acceleration, either in a whole grade level or subject area. Acceleration opportunities also include early entrance and/or early graduation to help provide gifted students’ with appropriate challenges and pace of instruction.
Eligibility for Olentangy Local School District Gifted Services Program
Parents, teachers, students, and other familiar parties may refer students for gifted assessment.
The screening process for the Olentangy Local Schools’ gifted program assesses students’ potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment in one or more of the following areas:
- Superior cognitive ability
- Specific academic ability
- Creative thinking ability
- Visual and/or performing arts
For Superior Cognitive Ability identification, students in grades K-12 can qualify for the gifted program on the basis of either an ability score of 128 or above on the InView assessment or a percentile of 95 or above on the reading, math, science, and/or social studies portions of the Terra Nova assessment. Students in the Olentangy Local School District from grades K, 3, 7-12, can also qualify for the program on the basis of a Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt) score of 127, and students in grades 1, 2, 4-6 may qualify with a score of 128. With scores that are slightly lower than the above, students may still qualify for the program on the basis of additional screening.
In the area of Specific Academic Ability, students from Olentangy Local Schools may qualify for the gifted program by receiving a score in the 95th percentile on the TerraNova (3rd Ed.), a score in the 95th percentile on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, or the Stanford Achievement Test with a score in the 95th percentile. Students may also be referred for additional screening upon receiving scores that are slightly lower than those mentioned.
Students can qualify for Creative Thinking Ability identification with an ability score of 112 or above on the InView assessment and a score of 51 or above on the Scales for Rating the Behavior Characteristics of Superior Students (3rd Ed.), Creative Behaviors Component. Students in grades K-1 and 2-12 may also qualify for the program with scores of 111 and 112 respectively.
The Olentangy Local School District also administers tests aimed to identify students gifted in visual and performing arts, which may include a display of work or audition, Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Students (3rd Ed.) with a score of 61 for artistic characteristics, 39 for musical characteristics, and 57 for dramatic characteristics.
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