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Gifted and Exceptional

Gifted Children

Not all gifted children are the same. Giftedness can be found in every personality type and demographic group. It's important that educators discover each child's potential and support children identified as gifted in the individual ways they need to reach their personal best.

Currently, Ohio school districts are required to identify students as gifted and talented in four areas: Cognitive Superior Ability, Specific Academic Ability, Creative Thinking, Visual and Performing Arts. However, at this time, Ohio school districts are not required to provide services to gifted learners.

Cincinnati Public Schools is committed to providing gifted services and enrichments through a variety of formats. CPS ensures there will be equal opportunities for all students identified as gifted to receive services offered by the district for which the student meets the criteria.

Learn more about the Gifted and Exceptional Magnet Programs on the East side and West Side

Cincinnati Public Schools' Gifted Education Plan 2021

Definition

"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 Ohio Revised Code.

District Indentification Plan

Public school districts are required to identify students in grades K–12 for gifted identification in the following areas:

  • Superior cognitive ability
  • ​Specific academic ability: mathematics, reading/writing, science, and social studies
  • Creative thinking ability
  • Visual or performing arts ability: dance, drama, music and visual arts

The district shall provide at least two opportunities each school year for assessment in the case of children requesting assessment or recommended for assessment by teachers, parents or other children. The district ensures there are ample and appropriate scheduling procedures for assessments and reassessment using:

Type of Assessment 

Content Area(s) Grade Level

Whole-grade Assessments

  • Cognitive ability
  • Specific academic ability — Math, Reading, Social Studies, Science
  • Creative thinking
2 and 6

Individual testing

  • Cognitive ability
  • Specific academic ability — Math, Reading, Social Studies, Science
  • Creative thinking
K–12 by referral

Audition, performance

Music, Dance, Drama K–12 by referral

Display of work, portfolio

Visual arts K–12 by referral

Checklists

Performing Arts, Creative thinking K–12 by referral

The district accepts referrals, screens and identifies, or screens and reassesses, students who perform or show potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability (mathematics, science, social studies or reading), creative thinking ability, and/or visual and/or performing arts. The district must follow policy and procedures established in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15. These rules specify that assessment instruments must come from the list approved by the Ohio Department of Education.

Referral

Children may be referred in writing on an ongoing basis, based on the following: 

  • Child request (self-referral) 
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Parent/guardian request 
  • Child referral of peer
  • Other e.g., psychologists, community members, principal, gifted coordinator, etc.

Upon receipt of a referral and student has transferred into the district, the district will administer a state-approved assessment instrument within 90 days.

Upon receipt of a referral and student is in the district, the district will administer a state-approved assessment instrument during the next gifted assessment period. 

All parents will be notified within 30 days of district receipt of test results.

Tests and assessments commonly used in CPS for the identification of gifted and talented students include:     

  • Naglieri Nonverbal Test of Abilities
  • Cognitive Ability Test — CogAT or other approved tests
  • Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)
  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills
  • Woodcock Johnson Achievement Test
  • Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students
  • Gifted and Talented Evaluation Scales
  • Ohio Department of Education Visual/Performing Arts Rubric

Chart of Approved Assessment and Gifted Education | Ohio Department of Education

CPS Gifted Testing Information

Criteria for Identification by Ability Area

Superior Cognitive Ability — CPS identifies students as gifted in the area of superior cognitive ability when a student accomplishes any of the following: scores two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved intelligence test; ​performs at or above the ninety-fifth percentile on an approved composite battery of a nationally normed achievement test; or ​attains an approved score on an approved nationally-normed above-grade- level achievement test.

Specific Academic Ability — CPS identifies students as gifted in the area of specific academic ability when a student performs at or above the ninety-fifth percentile in a specific academic ability field on an approved nationally-normed achievement test.

Creative Thinking Ability — CPS identifies students as gifted in the area of creative thinking ability when a student scores one standard deviation above the mean, minus the standard error of measure, on an approved intelligence test and also attains either a qualifying score on an approved checklist of creative behaviors or a qualifying score on an approved creativity test.

Visual or Performing Arts Ability — CPS identifies students as gifted in the area of visual or performing arts ability when a student demonstrates superior ability in a visual or performing arts area through a display of work, an audition, or other performance or exhibition, and also obtains a qualifying score on an approved checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area.

Reassessment

When the screening assessment has been completed, if the data is from an approved screening instrument or from an identification instrument on which the student is within a district-specified range below the identification score, re-assessment for possible identification may occur. Parent permission must be given for any reassessments.

Reassessment Score Ranges

Assessment Grade Levels

90th–94th percentile

Achievement Tests — Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies

K–12

123–127

Cognitive Abilities Test K–12

Out-of-District Scores

The district accepts scores, completed within the preceding 24 months, on assessment instruments approved for use by the Ohio Department of Education, provided by other schools and/or trained personnel outside the school district.

Chart of Approved Assessment and Gifted Education | Ohio Department of Education

Transfers

The district ensures that any child transferring into the district will be assessed for gifted identification within 90 days of the transfer at the request of the parent or guardian. Parent or guardian should contact the school’s principal to request gifted assessment.

The district accepts assessment results from other districts or from trained individuals outside the district, as equivalent to district testing. 

Appeal Procedures

An appeal by the parent is the reconsideration of the result of any part of the identification process, which would include:

  • Screening procedure or assessment instrument
  • The scheduling of children for assessment
  • The placement of a student in any program
  • Receipt of services

Parents should submit a letter to the superintendent or the director of CPS' Department of Student Services outlining the concern. The superintendent or designee will convene a meeting with the parent/guardian, which may include other school personnel. The superintendent or designee will issue a written final decision within 30 days of the appeal. This written notice should include the reason for the decision(s).

District Services

Currently, Ohio school districts are required to identify students as gifted and talented in four areas: Cognitive Superior Ability, Specific Academic Ability, Creative Thinking, Visual and Performing Arts. However, at this time, school districts are not required to provide services to gifted learners. Cincinnati Public Schools is committed to providing services and enrichments through a variety of formats. CPS ensures there will be equal opportunities for all district students identified as gifted to receive services offered by the district for which the student meets the criteria. 

District Name for Service

Service Setting Grade Level Service Provider

Course Acceleration

Regular Classroom K–12 General Education Teacher

Whole-grade Acceleration

Regular Classroom K–12 General Education Teacher

College Credit Plus

Regular Classroom or Alternate Site 7–12 Credentialed Instructor

Early Graduation

Regular Classroom Graduation criteria met General Education Teacher

Self-Contained Classroom

Regular Classroom with gifted peer group 3–11

Highly Qualified General Education Teacher or Credentialed Gifted Teacher

Services through a Trained Art Instructor

Regular Arts Classroom K–12 General Education Arts Teacher

District Enrichments And Differentiation

Cincinnati Public Schools students who are gifted and talented are found in full-time regular classrooms, magnet schools, pull-out programs, resource rooms, and combinations of these settings. Differentiated curriculum and enrichment opportunities are designed to address students' individual characteristics, needs, abilities and interests — no matter the educational setting.

District Name for Differentiation or Enrichment

Setting Grade Level Service Provider

Flexible Grouping — Individual, small group

Regular Classroom K–12 General Education Teacher

Resource Room with Gifted Intervention Specialist

Resource Classroom K–8 Gifted Intervention Specialist Credentialed Instructor

Curriculum Compacting

Regular Classroom K–12 General Education Teacher

Co-Teaching

Regular Classroom K–12
  • General Education Teacher
  • Gifted Intervention Specialist/Credentialed Instructor

Tiered Assignments

Regular Classroom K–12 General Education Teacher

Independent Studies

Regular Classroom K–12 General Education Teacher

Learning Centers

Regular Classroom K–12 General Education Teacher

Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students

Magnet Program — East side — Regular Classroom

3–12 General Education Teacher

Cincinnati Gifted Academy West

Magnet Program — West side 3–6 General Education Teacher

Learn more about the Gifted and Exceptional Magnet Programs on the East side and West Side

Forms

Contacts

Terri Koehne — Manager of Gifted Programming
Department of Student Services
(513) 363-0271 

Nanci Butler — Gifted Lead Teacher
Department of Student Services
(513) 363-0300

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