Gifted Identification

Spring Testing Notice

           In accordance with Ohio Revised Code section 3324.04, Talawanda Schools will provide two opportunities a year for gifted assessment in the case of children who have requested or who have been recommended by teachers, parents, or other children.  “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 and who are identified under division (A), (B), (C), or (D), of section 3324.03 of the Revised Code.” (Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15).

Talawanda Schools identifies gifted students in grade K-12 according to the requirements of Section 3324.03 of the Ohio Revised Code.  Students may be identified as gifted in one or more of the following areas:  Superior cognitive ability, specific academic achievement, creative thinking ability, and visual & performing arts. *Please note - formal gifted services do not begin until 3rd grade.

Ohio school districts are not required to serve gifted by law, but they are required to identify students as gifted in grades K-12.  The Law or Ohio Revised Code specifies how gifted students are to be identified.  The Rule also provides specifics on how districts may serve gifted children.  Ohio districts must comply with both the Law and the Rule.

The Talawanda School District assessment schedule is beginning its 2nd round of testing.  All referrals for the spring testing round are due to the gifted office no later than Friday, March 10th, 2017.  All referrals received after this date will be placed on the fall testing list.  

           For more information regarding gifted identification and/or service, please contact Jessica Moore, Coordinator of Gifted Services at moorej [at]

The information summarized in this document is based upon Ohio Revised Code 3324.01-07 (law) and Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15 (rule). 
Children are identified as gifted in Ohio in four major categories: superior cognitive ability; specific academic ability; creative thinking ability; and visual or performing arts ability.  

There are four fields included in specific academic ability: mathematics; science; reading, writing or a combination of these skills; and/or social studies. 
The following summarizes the eligibility criteria for each area. All tests and checklists used must be on an approved list prepared by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). With the exception of the visual or performing arts ability area, the child must have achieved the required score within the preceding 24 months. 

Superior Cognitive Ability:
Score two standard deviations above the mean minus the standard error of measurement on an intelligence test, perform at or above the 95th percentile on a basic or composite battery of a nationally normed achievement test, or attain an approved score on an above grade-level standardized, nationally normed test.

Specific Academic Ability in a Field: 
Perform at or above the 95th percentile at the national level on a standardized achievement test of specific academic ability in that field. A child may be identified as gifted in more than one specific academic ability field.

Creative Thinking Ability: 
Score one standard deviation above the mean minus the standard error of measurement on an intelligence test and attain a sufficient score, as established by the Department, on a test of creative ability or a checklist of creative behavior.

Visual/Performing Arts Ability: 
Demonstrate to a trained individual through a display of work, an audition, or other performance or exhibition, superior ability in a visual or performing arts area and attain a sufficient score, as established by the Department, on a checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area.
For more information regarding the Ohio law and rule on gifted identification, visit the ODE gifted site.



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