As defined by the Ohio Department of Education Gifted Education Operating Standards each board of education of each district shall identify gifted students enrolled in that district in grades kindergarten through twelve as follows:
(a) A child shall be identified as exhibiting "superior cognitive ability" if the child did either of the following within the preceding twenty-four months:
(i) Scored two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual standardized intelligence test administered by a licensed or certified school psychologist or licensed psychologist; or
(ii) Accomplished any one of the following:
(a) Scored at least two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved standardized group intelligence test;
(b) Performed at or above the ninety-fifth percentile on an approved individual or group standardized basic or composite battery of a nationally normed achievement test or;
(c) Attained an approved score on one or more above grade-level standardized, nationally normed approved tests.
(b) A child shall be identified as exhibiting "specific academic ability" superior to that of children of similar age in a specific academic ability field, if, within the preceding twenty-four months the child performs at or above the ninety-fifth percentile at the national level on an approved individual or group 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.
(c) A child shall be identified as exhibiting "creative thinking ability" superior to children of a similar age, if within the previous twenty-four months, the child scored one standard deviation above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual or group intelligence test and also did either of the following:
(i) Attained a sufficient score, as established by the department of education, on an approved individual or group test of creative ability; or
(ii) Exhibited sufficient performance, as established by the department of education, on an approved checklist by a trained individual of creative behaviors.
(d) A child shall be identified as exhibiting "visual or performing arts ability" superior to that of children of similar age if the child has done both of the following:
3(i) Demonstrated 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
(ii) Exhibited to a trained individual sufficient performance, as established by the department of education, on an approved checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area.
PCS uses the following assessment tools approved by the Ohio Department of Education in order to identify a student as gifted.
Superior Cognitive Ability
These assessments consider cognitive ability. Students scoring in the “screening” range will prompt a more in-depth examination of the child’s abilities.
Cognitive Abilities Test: Identification Criteria- A score of 128 or above for students who are eight at the time of esting, or 129 for students who are 9 or older. Screening Criteria- A score of 127.
Otis-Lennon School Ability Test - Identification Criteria - A score of 126 or above for all ages, Screening Criteria - A score of 125.
- InView - A Measure of Cognitive Abilities - Identification Criteria - A score of 128 of above for all ages, Screening Criteria - A score of 127.
These assessments consider performance in areas of reading, math, science, and social studies. Students in the "screening" range will prompt a more in-depth examination of the child's abilities.
An IOWA Test of Basic Skills, Woodcock Johnson IV, or Terra Nova test will be used to assess for identification in Mathematics and Language Arts.
An Iowa Test of Basic Skills will be used to assess for identification in science and social studies.
Creative Thinking Ability
Students must have the identification score for creative thinking as listed below from an ability test and an identifying score from the GATES or the SRBCSS creativity section to be identified in creative thinking ability.
One of the following:
Cognitive Abilities Test form 7: Identification criteria- grades K-2 116 or above, grades 3-12 116 or above.
COGAT Non-Verbal: Identification criteria- grade 3-12 116 or above.
- InView: A Measure of Cognitive Abilities - Identification Criteria - grades 2-12 116 or above.
Otis Lennon Ability Test eighth edition: 116 or above.
One of the following:
The Gifted And Talented Evaluation Scale (GATES 2) Creative Thinking Section, items 21-30, Ages: 5-18, Screening- Standard Score of 90-110, Identification Standard Score of 111 above.
Scales for Rating the Behavior Characteristics of Superior Students (SRBCSS) - Part II Creativity, grades K-12, Creativity Screening Criteria: 48-50, Identification 51 and above.