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Northwood Gifted Identification and Service
The Northwood Gifted Identification and Service is designed and implemented according to the Ohio Department of Education ‘Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Students Who Are Gifted’.

Whole Grade Screening Process
Given in the Fall:

     Grade 2: Superior Cognitive Ability and Creative Thinking Ability
      Instrument Used: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7
      Verbal/Quantitative/Nonverbal (VQN) Composite

     Grade 2: Academic Subject Areas - Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Science
      Instrument Used: Iowa Assessments Complete Battery Form E

     Grade 4: Superior Cognitive Ability and Creative Thinking Ability
      Instrument Used: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7
      Verbal/Quantitative/Nonverbal (VQN) Composite

     Grade 4: Academic Subject Areas - Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Science
      Instrument Used: Iowa Assessments Complete Battery Form E

Process for making a Referral
Children may be referred in writing using the referral form (located on Northwood’s website) on an ongoing basis, as follows:

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

Upon receipt of the referral form, the Gifted Coordinator will contact parents and get signed parent permission to do the necessary screening and assessments which will be given in a timely manner. Parents/Guardians will be notified of the results of screening/assessments and identification within 30 days of the receipt of the test results.

Equal Access to Screening
The district ensures equal access to screening and further assessment of all district children, including culturally or linguistically diverse children, children from low socio-economic backgrounds, children with disabilities and children for whom English is a second language. All IEP and 504 accommodations are followed during testing.

Identification
When the screening assessment has been completed using an ODE approved identification instrument and the score meets the cut-off scores specified by the Ohio Department of Education, the identification decision is made and the student’s educational needs are determined.

Screening Assessments and scores used for gifted Identification:
Superior Cognitive Ability – Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) SAS 128+
Academic Subject Areas – Iowa Assessment NPR 95%ile or higher
Creative Thinking Ability – required CogAT score SAS 112+ and Torrance Test of
     Creative Thinking 95%ile or higher

Re-assessment
When the screening assessment has been completed, if the student data from the approved screening instrument for identification is within a district-specified range below the identification score, re-assessment for possible identification occurs. A form giving permission must be signed by a parent or guardian before re-assessments are given to the student.

Instruments and range used for reassessment:

Superior Cognitive Ability – use OLSAT8, if CogAT score within 120-127

Academic Subject Areas – use TerraNova3, if Iowa Assessment score within 90%ile-94%ile

Creative Thinking Ability - use GATES2 or SRBCSS checklists if Torrance Test results fall within 90%ile-94%ile

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.

Transfer
The district ensures that any child transferring into the district will be assessed within 90 days of the transfer at the request of the parents/guardians. Parents/guardians shall contact the building principal or gifted coordinator.

Parent Appeal Procedure
An appeal by the parents/guardians is the reconsideration of the result of any part of the identification process which would include:

  • Screening procedure or assessment instrument (which results in identification);
  • The scheduling of children for assessment;
  • The placement of a student in any program; and
  • Receipt of services.

Parents/guardians should submit a letter to the superintendent or designee outlining the nature of the concern.

The superintendent or designee will convene a meeting with the parents/guardians, 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).

Northwood Gifted Program
Students in 2nd through 6th grade that are identified gifted in Superior Cognitive Ability, Math, Reading, Social Studies, or Science will be offered a place in the Northwood Gifted Education Program for gifted services.

Those identified gifted in Creative Thinking Ability must have one other area of identification (Superior Cognitive, Math, Reading, Social Studies, or Science) to qualify for services.

Identification scores remain in effect for the remainder of the student’s K-12 school experience.

See chart on next page for grade levels and description of areas of service.

Withdrawal
If at any time a student wishes to withdraw from gifted programs or services the request should be written by the parent or child to the building administrator/gifted coordinator. If children request to withdraw, parents will be notified.

Northwood Schools Gifted Education Services

Areas of Gifted IdentificationGrade LevelService SettingDescription
Superior Cognitive Ability

Specific Academic Ability - Math
K - 12Regular Classroom Subject

Acceleration: Math
Students placed in Math Acceleration per Northwood District Academic Acceleration Policies (5410) based on committee decision with the guidance of the Iowa Acceleration Scale.

This will count as Gifted Service only the first year of Academic Acceleration (condenses 2 years of Math into 1 year) for students Identified Gifted in Math or Superior Cognitive Ability.

Superior Cognitive Ability


Specific Academic Ability:

Reading

Math

Science

Social Studies


Creative Thinking Ability

K-1st



7th - 12th

Not ApplicableNo gifted education services available unless in first year of Math Acceleration and are identified in Math or Superior Cognitive Ability
Superior Cognitive Ability
Specific Academic Ability:Reading

Math

Science

Social Studies


Creative Thinking Ability plus 1 other area of gifted id listed above

2nd - 6th

Resource Room Pull OutStudents go to the Gifted Resource Room for intervention with the Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) for one day a week on a rotating color schedule.
Students identified in one or more areas with the exception of Creative Thinking Ability
Students identified gifted in Creative Thinking Ability must have one other area of gifted identification to qualify for Gifted Services.
Creative Thinking Ability identification onlyK-12Not ApplicableNo Gifted Services for students identified in Creative Thinking Ability only
Visual and Performing ArtsK - 12Not Applicable

No gifted education services available

Please also see:

   Ohio Department of Education's Website pertaining to Gifted Instruction

   Gifted Identifcation Student Referral Form

   Directions Schedule for Gifted Identification Referral

National Association for Gifted Children:

http://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources-parents

Ohio Association for Gifted Children:

http://www.oagc.com/