25796 Royalton Road, Columbia Station, OH. 44028 | phone - 440-236-5008 | fax - 440-236-8817
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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.

2016-2017 Program Criteria: 95% on MAP Assessment two or more times in a Specific Academic Area AND a 120 or higher Superior Cognitive Ability or Superior Cognitive Ability AND a 92% or higher on MAP Assessment two or more times in a Specific Academic area. NOTE: Prior Program Criteria: 95% in Specific Academic and a 120 or higher Superior Cognitive Ability or Superior Cognitive Ability AND a 90% or higher in Specific Academic Area.
Grades 3-5 Mathematics Inclusion Cluster
Services are in the form of a single subject clustered classroom with the focus on Mathematics. Students receive high-level instruction from the Gifted Intervention Specialist, that is differentiated to meet their abilities and extends beyond the grade level standards.

Grades 3-5 English Language Arts Resource Room Enrichment

Services are in the form of a single subject classroom enrichment with the focus on Language Arts. Students receive high-level instruction from the Gifted Intervention Specialist, including gifted county-wide programs and special projects.

Grade 6 Math and English Language Arts

Services are in the form of a single subject cluster in Math and English Language Arts. Students receive high-level instruction from the classroom teacher that is differentiated to meet their abilities and extends beyond the grade level standards.

Grades 7-8 Honors Math and/or English Language Arts

Services are in the form of a single subject honors classroom with the focus on Math or English Language Arts.

Grades 9-12 AP/PSEO/Honors

Services are in the form of a single subject. Honors, Advanced Placement, and/or Post-Secondary Enrollment Options course with a focus on Math or English Language Arts.
Contact
Gifted Intervention Specialist
Jessica Bowman
bowmanj@columbia.k12.oh.us
(440) 236-5020
 
Jennifer Schibley
schibleyj@columbia.k12.oh.us 
(440) 236-5741


ESC Gifted Supervisor

Cathy Fischer
fischer@esclc.org

(440) 324-5777 ext. 1158
1885 Lake Avenue
Elyria, OH 44035
Our Mission
“To provide the students of our community with the opportunity for a balanced education from a staff dedicated to each student’s success.”
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