Granville Exempted Village Schools
130 North Granger Street
PO Box 417
Granville, OH 43023-0417
Phone: 740-587-8101
888-683-7730: Fax
Gifted Program


The Granville Exempted Village School District's Gifted Program
 
DEFINITION:
In Ohio, the term “Gifted” refers to students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience or environment and who are identified following procedures and criteria established by the Ohio Revised Code, Section 3324.03

For additional information on the rules for gifted identification in Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children Web Site:
 
Gifted students need differentiated curriculum and instruction and support services in order to fully develop their cognitive, academic, creative and artistic abilities or to excel in a specific content area, including opportunities to exceed grade level academic indicators and benchmarks.However, the state has not yet instituted a mandate to serve every identified gifted child, nor has it provided the funding necessary to do so.Each district must define the criteria for services available in its district given the number of teachers and funding allotted by the state.Due to the wide range of ability and differing developmental needs of gifted students, no single service option can provide an optimal educational experience for all identified children.Therefore, a continuum of enrichment opportunities is recommended.

Granville Exempted Village School District employs one full-time gifted intervention specialist to work with grades four, five, and six in the intermediate building.Recognizing that good communication skills and the ability to read, interpret, and create written material is crucial in promoting individual excellence, the gifted specialist teaches gifted students who meet the criteria.
 
Acceleration
Capable students may qualify for acceleration by early entrance to Kindergarten, whole grade acceleration, single subject acceleration, or early graduation from high school in accordance with Granville Exempted Village School District’s Acceleration Policy.  Parents should contact their child’s building principal for more information on student acceleration.
 
The process for acceleration is as follows:
  • Fill out an Acceleration Referral Form (attached) and Permission for Acceleration Assessment Form (attached) and deliver to the building principal.
  • Principal or designee will send signed forms to gifted coordinator to arrange appropriate testing (cognitive ability, grade level academic achievement, and/or above grade level academic achievement).
  • Coordinator will gather information from educators (current teachers, receiving teachers, principal, counselors, psychologists, etc...). if the referral is for early entrance to Kindergarten, information will also be gathered from parents and preschool teachers.
  • Principal or designee will make arrangements for acceleration evaluation committee meeting with parents and involved educators. Coordinator will lead committee through acceleration process to determine the appropriate service using the Iowa Acceleration Scale (IAS).
  • If student is accelerated, coordinator will write a Written Acceleration Plan (WAP).
  • Principal or designee will distribute copies of the WAP to all involved educators and place copy in student's cumulative record.
  • The coordinator will keep IAS and related documentation on file in the ESC office.
Acceleration includes four different practices:
  • Early Entrance to Kindergarten - A student who does not meet the birthday cutoff date for Kindergarten or 1st grade enters school despite the cutoff.

 

  • Early Graduation - A student who has not completed 12th grade year, but has completed district graduation requirements ending his or her K-12 school career earlier than expected.

 

  • Whole Grade Acceleration - The student skips an entire year of school instruction. For example, a child moves from 3rd grade to 5th grade and completely skips 4th grade.

 

  • Single Subject Acceleration - The student skips a grade level of instruction in one subject, but remains in his or her regular grade level for other subject areas. For example, the child may be a 4th grade student in 4th grade classes, but taking 5th grade math

The Board of Education policy regarding acceleration can be found at the following link:
 

Gifted Parent Information
The following pamphlet is available in the office of each building. It explains the process of identification, what is meant by service, and Writtent Education Plans (WEP). The following pamphlet provides more information.
Gifted ID assessments
The following attachment lists the different assessments approved for gifted identification by the State of Ohio and Granville Exempted Village School District.
Gifted Permission to Test
Gifted Permission for Assessment Form: The following form must be completed and returned to the building principal for approval to test the student for any of the areas above.
Gifted Referral Form
The following gifted referral form can be filled out by a parent or teacher who feels a student may be a candidate for identification as gifted. This form allows for identification of the following areas: Superior Cognitive Ability: Students who score at least two standard deviations above the mean on an approved intelligence test, minus the standard error of measurement. Specific Academic Ability: students who score at or above the 95th percentile on a standardized achievement test of specific academic ability in that field. Visual or Performing Arts Ability: student demonstrates 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.
Acceleration Brochure
The following brochure lays out the process for various forms of acceleration.
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