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What does Gifted mean?

Under the Ohio Revised Code, gifted students are those who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels when compared to others children of their age.

Gifted Identification and Services

The state of Ohio requires all school districts to identify students under Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15, which are gifted in superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking ability, and visual and/or performing arts ability.  Nationally, the number of students identified represents the top 3-5 percent of the population.  There are four areas of identification:

Superior Cognitive 

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 in that field. 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 (ODE), on a test of creative ability or a checklist of creative behavior.

Visual or 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 ODE, on a checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area.

The identification process has three levels that give children an opportunity to show their potential giftedness.  Preassessment strategies apply to all students and serve to create a pool of students for screening and identification.  Screening strategies incorporate whole grade level testing done in the spring.  Assessment strategies provide additional data necessary for an identification decision.  Students may be identified in the latter two stages of the process if appropriate data is available. Tests are chosen from the state approved list of tests. The scores for determining giftedness are set and published in the Ohio Revised Code.

Data obtained as part of the identification process then may be used to determine appropriate educational services. It is important to note that services are not mandated under this Code. Each district may choose which areas to serve and in what method.


Coordinator's Favorite

ACESC Gifted Wepage

DI and Gifted resources

National Association for Gifted Children

ODE Gifted Resources

Ohio Association of Gifted Children (OAGC)

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

Discovery school

Gifted Children - resource for parenting concerns and issues.

Gifted Development Center

GT World

Other Sites of Interest

Each of the sites below has been recommended as great kids sites. If you have found a site or sites that you think other kids would like please email them to the coordinator at the address below.


Hoagies Kids

U.S. Chess Center


Inside Art



SOS Math A site for practicing higher level math skills.

Math Forum A site for any grade level. Covers a lot of topics. Has a place to ask math questions.


NASA Up-to-date information from NASA.

Try Science Very user friendly and cool activities.

Science Fair Ideas Not only great ideas for science fairs but for science exploration.

Extreme Science An extreme site.

Language Arts Books that you can download with worksheets.

Primary Games Games for all subjects but has language arts games as well.

Educational Crafts and Games A variety of language arts activities.

Social Studies

Social Studies Lesson Plans and Online Activities

Kid Info Has a history, current events and geography section.

Soc.St. Resources This site is designed for high school students. But has some cool activities.

Social Studies for Kids Several categories of social studies with resources for each and games too.

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