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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: Columbia PB-1 Trifold Template (1).pdf 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 classes in terms of breadth, depth, and complexity. The Gifted Supervisor works with the classroom teachers and the Gifted Intervention Specialists to implement gifted strategies. Gifted processes are intertwined with instruction, thus enhancing State Standards.


2020-2021 Program Criteria: For detailed information please reference Board Policy pages 3 and 4: Gifted Policy IGBB.


Gifted Intervention Specialists (GIS) provide high-level instruction that is differentiated to meet students’ abilities and extend beyond grade-level standards. 


2-6  Math and ELA General Education Classroom Cluster:  Grades 2-6 services are delivered by the general education teacher, for students possessing one qualifying Math or Reading score.


2-4 Math and ELA Resource Room Enrichment: Grades 2-4 services with the GIS are in the form of a pullout classroom with a focus on either Math or Language Arts enrichment, for students possessing two or more qualifying Math or Reading scores, and/or ODE-approved Cognitive identification.


Grades  3-6 Gifted English Language Arts:  Students possessing two or more qualifying Reading scores, and/or an ODE-approved Cognitive identification will be provided services in a self-contained classroom, with the GIS as teacher of record.


Grades 5-6 Gifted Math:  Students possessing two or more qualifying Math scores, and/or an ODE-approved Cognitive identification will be provided services in a self-contained classroom with the GIS as teacher of record.


Grades 7-8 Honors Math and English Language Arts:  Services are delivered by the general education teacher, in the form of a single-subject Honors classroom with a focus on content standards. 


Grades 9-12 AP/CCP/Honors:  Services are delivered by the general education teacher, in the form of a single subject Honors, Advanced  Placement, and/or in-house College Credit Plus course with a focus on content standards. Instructors of AP and CCP courses receive additional training to instruct at this level. 



Contact

Gifted Intervention Specialist
Grades K - 4
Jessica Bowman
[email protected]
(440) 236-5020
 
Gifted Intervention Specialist
Grades 5 - 8 
Jennifer Schibley 
(440) 236-5741


ESC Gifted Supervisor

Cathy Fischer
[email protected]

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