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 
 
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 referrals can be made by a teacher, parent, peer, or community member.  Gifted referral forms can be obtained from the school office and are accepted on an on-going basis.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PARENT NOTIFICATION
After a student is tested for gifted identification, parents will receive a Notification of Test Results letter informing them of the results.  All parents of students who have participated in a whole-grade screenings will receive IOWA Assessments and CogAT results upon receipt.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GIFTED SERVICES
 
Superior Cognitive Resource Room—open to all identified 3rd-8th 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.  
 
Advanced Math Classes—open to all students in 6th-12th grade identfied as Superior Cognitive or in Math
 
 
Advanced High School Classes—open to all identified high school students in the specific academic areas (Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies)
 
Students can schedule advanced classes in the area the are identified in.  Class offerings can vary by year and grade-level.
 
 
College Credit Plus (CC+)—advanced, college-level courses that allow students to earn college credit while still in high school
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCELERATION
 
Acceleration is the practice of assigning a student to a higher grade level than is typical (given the student’s age) on a full-time or part-time basis for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities. An acceleration team will conduct a thorough evaluation of the student for possible acceleration.
 
Whole-grade acceleration involves a student moving ahead a whole-grade level.  Northeastern Local utilizes the IOWA Acceleration Scale as the evaluation tool in cases of whole-grade acceleration.
 
Subject acceleration involves a students moving to the next grade level for just one subject area.  Students will be evaluated in this area using multiple instruments in order to gain a thorough assessment of the students abilities.
 
If you have questions about acceleration, please contact the Lennie Linson or your building principal.   
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EARLY ENTRANCE 
 
Early Entrance is the practice of admitting a student to kindergarten who has not yet reached the Board of Education's required kindergarten age for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities.
 
Since Kindergarten Early Entrance is equivalent to a whole grade acceleration, the requirements are comprehensive and rigorous.  A team will thoroughly review each applicant’s information to determine if early placement would be advantageous for the child. The process strongly takes into consideration cognitive testing scores, advanced reading and math skills, advanced oral language and vocabulary, advanced social skills with the ability to attend to a task, and emotional maturity. 
 
If you would like to initiate this application, please complete the Kindergarten Early Entrance Application, a Permission to Assess form, and one copy of the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist.  A second copy of the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist may be completed by another person who knows the child well such as a pediatrician, preschool teacher, or child care provider.  Forms can be printed from below or call your building to obtain hard copies.
 
These materials should be returned to the school building your child would attend for Kindergarten, to the attention of the school principal by April 30th.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WRITTEN EDUCATION PLANS (WEPs) 
 
A Written Education Plan (WEP) is a individual student planning document with educational goals for each gifted student receiving gifted services.  Because this is a process of getting to know student needs, WEPs are usually written and sent home in late fall of the year of service. Copies of the WEP with progress made are sent home to inform parents of their student's progress and achievements.
 
WEPs often include learning and affective goals. These goals are based on district curriculum, interdisciplinary units and projects, technology resources, as well as student needs and interests. At the end of each semester, progress reports will be sent home highlighting student achievements.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
 
Parenting gifted children can be a challanging and unique undertaking.  Below are some resources that parents may find useful in exploring and better understanding giftedness in general.
 
 

Gifted Staff

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