Gifted Services

Northeastern Local Schools Gifted Services

Northeastern Local is committed to meeting the educational needs of all of its students. A broad spectrum of specific opportunities is offered so that learning opportunities can be matched with student abilities. 
 
Information on gifted identification and services can be found below.  If you have questions regarding the gifted services at Northeastern, please contact Lennie Linson at lennielinson@nelsd.org
 

 

Areas of Giftedness

 

 How Does Northeastern 

Identify Gifted Students?

 Parent Notiication

 Gifted Services

 

Acceleration

 

 Early Entrance

 Written Education Plans
(WEPs) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AREAS OF GIFTEDNESS 
 
The state of Ohio mandates that school districts identify students in four areas: superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking ability and the visual and performing arts, as outlined in House Bill 282, Ohio Revised Code 3301-51-15.
 
Superior cognitive ability is general intellectual ability that is consistently superior to same age peers. The district uses a score of 130 or higher on a state approved, standardized ability test.  All students in second and fifth grade are screened for Superior Cognitive Abilities with the CogAT test.
 
Specific academic ability refers to a child's aptitude in a specific subject area that is consistently superior to the aptitudes of same age peers. Specific academic areas include Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies.  Students must score in the 95th National Percentile or higher on an approved test to qualify as gifted.
 
Creative thinking ability includes consistent divergent thinking that results in unconventional responses to conventional tasks.  Identification in this area is two-fold:, the district uses a  score from a state approved ability test and a Checklist of Creative Behaviors to identify a child as gifted in the category of creative thinking. 
 
Visual and perfoming arts  refers to students who demonstrate consistent outstanding aesthetic production in art, music, theater or dance. The arts identification categories are visual art, vocal music, instrumental music, theater, and dance. This identification is also two-fold:  a behavioral checklist for the appropriate area is completed and scored and a performance assessment is also scored. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IDENTIFYING GIFTED STUDENTS
Northeastern Local identifies gifted students through both whole-grade screenings and referrals
 
A whole-grade screening is when every student in a given grade level is assessed for possible gifted identification.  The following chart shows when students are screened and in which areas. 
 

 First Grade

Second Grade 

Fourth Grade 

Fifth Grade 

 IOWA Assessments

 Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

  IOWA Assessments

  Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

 Screens for Reading and Math

 Screens for Superior Cognitive Abilitiy

 Screens for Reading and Math 

  Screens for Superior Cognitive Abilitiy

 Administered in winter

 Administered in fall

Administered in winter 

Administered in fall 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gifted Services at Northeastern
Superior Cognitive Resource Room—open to all identified 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Superior Cognitive students 
 
The purpose of the gifted services is to challenge the students to develop their ability by taking into consideration individual learning styles and special abilities.  The service provides guidance and coursework that encourages independent study, research, creative thinking, higher level thinking skills, critical thinking, broad-based themes or problems that are abstract, methods of inquiry, affective and social skills, and aesthetic or creative skills to name a few.  This aids the student in developing a life-long learning process.  
 
Referrals and Screening of Students
Northeastern provides opportunities for screening/assessment per state requirements at least two times per year:
1.   Whole-grade screening in Reading and Math will take place in first and fourth grade with the IOWA tests. Whole-grade screening for Superior Cognitive and Creative Thinking Abilities will take place in second and fifth grade with the CogAT test.  All Northeastern students will be screened in these four areas once during their K-2 years and again during their 3-6 years.
 
2.  There will be an open referral period for Superior Cognitive Ability from September 18th-22nd.  An additional open window of referrals for the other areas will take place from October 23rd-27th. Referrals will be accepted during these open window times. To refer a student, a gifted referral form and a gifted permission to test form must be completed and returned to the Gifted Coordinator. (Both forms are available on this webpage at the links to the side or from the Gifted Coordinator--contact information is on this page). Testing will follow each window of referral period and will be completed as quickly as possible based on the number of referrals received. 
 
Additional open referrals takes place in the spring, beginning in April. 
       

Gifted Staff Members

 
Mrs. Lennie Linson
Gifted Coordinator
 
Mrs. Megan Black-Striley
Gifted Intervention Specialist