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gifted education

The Edgewood City School District is committed to meeting the educational needs of high-ability students. This web page allows you to access information regarding identification procedures, gifted service options and gifted resources.

Gifted Education Summarized

This information 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 (reading, math, science, and/or social studies), creative thinking ability, and visual or performing arts ability.

The following summarizes the eligibility criteria for each area of the four areas. All tests and checklists used must be from the approved list prepared by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) with scores within the preceding twenty-four 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: perform at or above the 95th percentile at the national level on a standardized achievement test of specific academic ability (reading, math, science, and/or social studies); 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 Ohio Department of Education, 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 Ohio Department of Education, on a checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area

For more information regarding the Ohio law and rule regarding gifted identification, please visit the Ohio Department of Education Gifted Services website.

Referral for Gifted Identification

Acceleration

In accordance with Ohio Department of Education Administrative Code 3301-35-06, Edgewood City Schools provide the opportunity for students to be assessed to determine if acceleration is an appropriate placement for students.

  • Early entrance to kindergarten or first grade – designed for the exceptional child to enter kindergarten or first grade early who is both academically ready as well as developmentally mature when compared to others of his/her chronological age for the purpose of access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities; typically students must be five by August 1st.
  • Subject acceleration - assigning a student to a higher grade level in a specific subject than is typical given the student’s age
  • Whole-grade acceleration - assigning a student to a higher grade level than is typical given the student’s age on a full-time basis for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities
  • Early graduation from high school

Acceleration Process Flowchart

Referral for Acceleration

Edgewood City Schools Gifted Service Options

Elementary Clusters

  • Students identified as gifted (Superior Cognitive and/or Reading) in grades 2-5 will be clustered (grouped together in one classroom in which the teacher differentiates instruction).
  • Students identified as gifted (Superior Cognitive and/or Math) in grades 2-5 will be clustered (grouped together in one classroom in which the teacher differentiates instruction).

Edgewood Middle School

  • Advanced ELA (English/Language Arts) classes are offered for students in grades 6-8 who have been identified as gifted in Reading.
  • Advanced Math classes are offered for high-achieving students in grades 6-8, including those who have been identified as gifted in Math.

Edgewood High School

  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in all four core subject areas for high-achieving students, including those who have been identified as gifted.
  • Honor courses are offered in all four core subject areas.

Teacher Resources

Elementary Teacher Professional Development

  • Design Lab, a free school program and competition, is for grades K-12. Students work with architects for several months and enter a design competition. This is an excellent opportunity for art teachers or as an after-school enrichment activity. http://www.architecturecincy.org/programs/design-lab/