Diann Blizniak, Gifted Consultant
Sharon Waits, Secretary
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 of 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.
Characteristics of Gifted Children (PDF)
Glossary of Terms Used in Gifted Education (PDF)
Referral Form to refer a student for gifted identification testing (PDF)
Madison Local Schools Gifted Service Options
Madison Elementary School:
- Students identified as gifted (Superior Cognitive and/or Reading) in grades K - 3 are clustered for Reading (grouped together in each grade level) and receive differentiated Reading instruction.
- Students identified as gifted (Superior Cognitive and/or Reading) in grades 4 - 6 are clustered for English/Language Arts (grouped together in each grade level) and receive differentiated English/Language Arts instruction.
- Students identified as gifted (Superior Cognitive and/or Math) in grades K - 6 are clustered for Math (grouped together in each grade level) and receive differentiated Math instruction.
Madison Junior High School:
- Advanced/Honors ELA (English/Language Arts) classes are offered for students in grades 7 - 8 who have been identified as gifted in Superior Cognitive and/or Reading.
- Advanced/Honors Math classes are offered for students in grades 7 – 8 who have been identified as gifted in Superior Cognitive and/or Math.
Madison Senior High School:
- Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in the two core subject areas of English/Language Arts and Mathematics for high-achieving students, including those who have been identified as gifted.
- Honors courses are offered in the four core subject areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
In accordance with Ohio Department of Education Administrative Code 3301-35-06, Madison Local 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 1
- 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 (PDF)
Acceleration Referral Form (PDF)
Resources for Teachers and Parents
Hoagies’ Gifted Page
National Association for Gifted Children
Ohio Association for Gifted Children
OAGC's Annual Fall Conference in Columbus, OH
OAGC Parent Day
Elementary Teacher Professional Development - iSPACE is hosting two opportunities for elementary teachers. Click the link above that describes both the iSEE Educator conference that is in conjunction with the Cincinnati Observatory and also the iSEA workshops for third grade teachers.
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.
Products for Gifted Children
· Bright Ideas for the Gifted and Talented - critical and creative thinking products
· Lego Education - problem-solving and reasoning preschool to high school
· Mindware - products geared towards advanced learners
· Museum Tour Toys - toys inspired by museum exhibits
· Prufrock Press - resources for parents, children, and teachers
· Scientifics Direct - science, technology, and engineering products
Resources for Students
· Exquisite Minds - free brain games
· Gifted and Talented Challenge Zone - games and problems for grades K – 7
· TKI Gifted and Talented Online - for grades K – 12
· Butler County Educational Service Center Links to Summer Enrichment Programs - grades 3 – 12
· Camp Invention - grades 1 – 6
· Miami University Saturday Art - ages 4 – adult
· Miami University Summer Scholars Program - grades 11 – 12
· Midwest Academic Talent Search - grades 3 - 9
Resources for the NEW SAT - exams in March 2016 or later.
· The Super Saturday Program - ages 4 – 14
· University of Dayton School of Engineering - high school
· Wright State University Pre-College Programs -grades K – 12
G Gifted Student Opportunities - grades K-12