Arcanum-Butler Local Schools
FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF AND SERVICES FOR STUDENTS
WHO ARE GIFTED
Approved by Administration in April, 2009
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
DEFINITION additional assessment is necessary. Whole
“Gifted” means students who perform or show grade-level screening assessments are
potential for performing at remarkably high levels administered to second graders at Arcanum
of accomplishment when compared to others of Butler Local.
their age, experience, or environment and who
are identified under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of In making decisions about additional
section 3324.03 of the Ohio Revised Code. assessment, existing test data for students is not
the sole determining criteria. School personnel
SCREENING AND ASSESSING FOR examine all available information about a student
IDENTIFICATION to determine if any evidence of possible
Arcanum Butler Local School uses a three-stage giftedness exists for that student and conduct
approach to screen students who perform or necessary additional assessment.
show potential for performing at high levels of
accomplishment in the areas of superior cognitive District-determined cut-off scores, to move
ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking students from the screening stage to the
ability, and visual and/or performing arts. assessment stage, are lower than the scores
necessary for identification; Arcanum Butler
Stage I: Local’s cut-off scores for screening and
PRE-ASSESSMENT FOR IDENTIFICATION identification are listed in PB-3, Assessment
The pre-assessment part of the process involves Instruments used for gifted Identification.
gathering student data from a variety of sources Parents will be notified within thirty school days of
including teacher, parent, and peer nominations, the results of screening.
grades, portfolios, observations, review of
student records, and outstanding products or Stage III:
performances, etc. All students are involved in ASSESSMENT FOR IDENTIFICATION
the pre-assessment pool. Assessment strategies provide additional data
necessary for an identification decision and the
By using the pre-assessment process, Arcanum delivery of services. Strategies for additional
Butler ensures equal access to screening and assessment include the individual and group
further assessment by all district children, testing requirements of Sections 3324.01-
including culturally or linguistically diverse 3324.07 of the Ohio Revised Code.
children, children from low socioeconomic
backgrounds, children with disabilities, and Once additional assessment has been
children for whom English is a second language. completed, the data obtained throughout the
The district uses assessments specifically stages of identification are evaluated, the
developed for these special populations. identification decision is made, and the student’s
educational needs are determined.
Stage II: REFERRAL FOR IDENTIFICATION
ASSESSMENT FOR SCREENING Arcanum Butler Local ensures there are ample
The screening stage examines the data gathered and appropriate scheduling procedures for
from the pre-assessment stage and determines if assessments and for reassessment using
Group tests; *Criteria for service in Arcanum Butler’s resource
Individually-administered tests; room is for students in grade 3 & 4 who are
Audition, Performance; identified gifted in superior cognitive/reading and
Display of work; in superior cognitive/math.
Children may be referred on an ongoing basis, If at anytime, a student wishes to withdraw from
based on the following: gifted programs or services, the request should
Child request (self-referral); be written by the parent or child to the district
gifted teacher or the county gifted coordinator. If
children request to withdraw, parents will be
Child referral of peer; and
Other (e.g., psychologist, community APPEAL PROCEDURE
members, principal, gifted coordinator, etc.) An appeal by the parent is the reconsideration of
Referral forms are available by contacting the the results of any part of the identification
gifted specialist or the gifted coordinator. process which would include
Upon receipt of a referral, the district will Screening procedure or assessment
Follow the process as outlined in this instrument (which results in identification);
brochure; and The scheduling of children for assessment;
Notify parents of results of screening or The placement of a student in any program;
assessment and identification. and
Arcanum Butler Local shall provide ongoing Receipt of services.
opportunities as needed for assessment in the
case of children requesting assessment or Parents should submit a letter to the gifted
recommended for assessment by teachers, coordinator outlining the nature of the concern.
parents, or other children. The gifted coordinator will convene a meeting
GENERAL with the parent/guardian, which may include
Arcanum Butler Local accepts scores on other school personnel.
assessment instruments approved for use by the The gifted coordinator will issue a written final
Ohio Department of Education provided by other decision within thirty days of the appeal. This
school districts and/or trained personnel outside written notice should include the reason for the
the school district. decision(s).
WRITTEN EDUCATION PLANS
TRANSFER Gifted students designated as “served” shall have
Arcanum Butler Local ensures that any child a written education plan which directs their
transferring into the district will be assessed instruction and follows the operating standards
within ninety days of the transfer at the request of defined in OAC 3301-51-15. WEPs will:
the parent. Parents shall contact the building
Identify the service/s to be provided
Describe the goals for each service to be
Arcanum Butler Local ensures equal opportunity State the methods for evaluating
for all district students identified as gifted to progress toward goals specified
receive service options offered by the district State the method and schedule for
which include differentiated instruction in the reporting progress to parents
regular classroom, as needed; small group Identify the staff responsible for ensuring
instruction in the resource room in grades 3-5 delivery of each service prescribed
(see criteria below*); subject acceleration; grade- Identify the policies regarding waiver of
level acceleration; early entrance; honors classes assignments and re-scheduling of tests
and advanced placement courses, as available; List the deadline for the next review of
post-secondary enrollment options or dual- the WEP
enrollment options, as available; distance Provide a copy of WEP to parents and
learning; and enrichment experiences. Identified staff responsible for providing service
students designated as “served” shall have an listed
individual Written Education Plan (WEP).