Gifted Education Identification
The State of Ohio revised the Operating Standards for Identification and Service of Gifted Students in July 2017. Ohio law mandates that school districts screen all students one time during grades K-2 and one time during grades 3-6 for possible gifted identification. School districts are not mandated to provide official gifted services.Copley-Fairlawn City Schools conducts whole grade screening for 2nd and 4th graders in the area of Superior Cognitive. Testing takes place in February. Beginning in second grade, students are screened 3 times a year in the areas of reading and math.
Identification of Gifted Students
“Gifted” means students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment.
Superior Cognitive Identification
A student shall be identified as exhibiting “superior cognitive ability” if they scored two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual standardized intelligence test within the last 24 months.
Specific Academic Identification
A student shall be identified as exhibiting “specific academic ability” if they perform at or above the ninety-fifth percentile on a nationally-normed achievement test within the last 24 months.
Creative Thinking Ability
A student shall be identified as exhibiting “creative thinking ability” if the student scored one standard deviation above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual or group intelligence test as well as earning a sufficient score on an ODE-approved checklist.
Visual and Performing Arts
A student shall be identified as exhibiting “visual or performing arts ability” by demonstrating through a display of work, an audition, or performance with superior ability and a sufficient score on an ODE-approved checklist.