Gifted Services

Gifted Services

Gifted Services

Parent Information
Educational Programming for Identified
Academically Talented Students
Identification
The identification process is in compliance with the Ohio Department of Education guidelines, and uses only nationally normed tests on the state approved list. Subjective criteria are not used.

Referral: Students can be referred for assessment by parents, teachers, or students twice a year. Referral forms are available in the office of each school building or at the ESC website.

Screening: Students are screened in grade 2 using the CoGAT test of cognitive abilities and the MAPs for Primary Grades. Students are screened in grade 6 using the CoGAT test of cognitive abilities and the Iowa Achievement Test.

Assessment: Following screening, small group and individual assessment is provided for potentially gifted students by qualified personnel.
Assurances: The district meets the ODE requirements for evaluation of students who are culturally diverse, economically disadvantaged, students with physical and sensory disabilities and students who have limited English proficiency. The district identifies using only state approved tests which are administered by trained personnel.

Written Education Plans: Education plans are written for all students who are identified and served on a one-year basis.  
 
Brochure: Please click here for the Parent Information Brochure on the Educational Programming for Identified Academically Talented Students.
General Information 
 Outside Testing: The district will accept outside testing for gifted if the test is on the state approved list.

Transfer Students
: The district will review testing from previous schools to determine whether students qualify for services in Columbia.

Acceleration: The district has a state approved plan in place. The specific referral, screening and assessment process is detailed on the Columbia Schools or ESC websites.

Appeal
: The district has an appeals process for decisions regarding screening and identification. The initial step in the process is to submit a written statement to the building principal explaining your reason for the appeal of identification.

Waiver
: The district has a waiver of assignments procedure in place.

Withdrawal: The district has procedures by which the parents can withdraw their students from service if they feel the child is unsuccessful in the service or that the service is not meeting the needs of the child. Parents should contact their Gifted Supervisor or principal for an initial conference. If a student is not achieving or struggling with the expectations of the service, a parent-teacher conference will determine if this is the most appropriate placement. Withdrawal requires parent permission.

Program Services
Subject areas are differentiated from the regular subject area class in terms of breadth, depth, and complexity. The Gifted Supervisor works with the classroom teacher and the Gifted Intervention Specialists to implement gifted strategies. In addition the gifted processes are intertwined with the instruction which enhances State Standards.

2018-2019 Program Criteria: For detailed information please reference Board Policy pages 3 and 4.
Grades K-4 Math and ELA Resource Room Enrichment 
K-1 services are in the form of a pull-out classroom with a focus on either Math or Language Arts enrichment with the Gifted Intervention Specialist with one qualifying MAP score.
 
2-4 services are in the form of a pull-out classroom with a focus on either Math or Language Arts enrichment with GIS with two or more qualifying MAP scores and/or an ODE apporved cognitive identification.

Grades 5 and 6
English Language Arts
Services are in the form of a self-contained classroom with the focus on Language Arts with GIS.
 
Grades 5 and 6 Math
Services are in the form of the general education teacher supported by the GIS.

Grades 7-8 Honors Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies

Services are in the form of a single subject Honors classroom with a focus on the content standards.
 
Grade 8 Honors Science
Services are in the form of a cluster grouping with a regular educator and GIS co-teaching within the classroom.

Grades 9-12 AP/PSEO/Honors

Services are in the form of a single subject Honors, Advanced Placement, and/or College Credit Plus course with a focus on content standards.

Contact

Gifted Intervention Specialist
Grades K - 4
Jessica Bowman
bowmanj@columbia.k12.oh.us
(440) 236-5020
 
Gifted Intervention Specialist
Grades 5 - 8 
Traci Meyers
(440) 236-5741


ESC Gifted Supervisor

Cathy Fischer
fischer@esclc.org

(440) 324-5777 ext. 1158
1885 Lake Avenue
Elyria, OH 44035
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