Tiffin City Schools

Gifted Identification at TCS

Gifted Identification at TCS

         TCS uses a three-part approach to assess students who perform or show potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creativity, and visual and/or performing arts.

         TCS selects instruments from Notice for Parents, Assessment Instruments Used for Gifted Identification, that will allow for appropriate screening and identification of students who are culturally and linguistically diverse, students from low socio- economic status, students with disabilities, and students for whom English is a second language. Tests are selected and administered so as to best ensure that when a test is administered to a child with impaired sensory, manual or speaking skills, the test results accurately reflect the child’s aptitude or achievement level.

         All assessments are administered by qualified personnel, and are administered in the student’s native language.

Stage 1: Pre-Assessment

         This process involves gathering student data from a variety of sources including teacher, parent, and peer nominations, grades, portfolios, observations, review of student records, and outstanding products or performances etc. All students are involved in the pre-assessment pool.

Stage 2: Assessment for Screening

         This process examines the data gathered from the pre-assessment stage and determines if additional assessment is necessary.

         TCS determined cut-off scores, to move students from the screening state to the assessment for identification stage, are lower than the scores for identification. Whole grade screening occurs at grades 2, and 5. According to Gifted Operating Standards in Ohio, we must select an assessment from The Chart of Approved Gifted Assessments.  From that list, TCS currently uses the Terra Nova and InView assessment for these whole grade screenings.  A student may qualify for individual screening as well. Parents will be notified within thirty days of the screening results.


Stage 3: Assessment for Identification

         Assessment strategies provide additional data necessary for the identification decision and the delivery of services. Strategies for additional assessment include individual and group testing and cut scores for gifted identification are provided on The Chart of Approved Gifted Assessments.  From that list, TCS currently uses the Iowa and COGAT assessments for these whole grade gifted assessments which occur at grades 2 and 5.  See Identification of Children Who Are Gifted, Definition & Criteria - Excerpted from Ohio Revised Code 3324.01-.07. Parents will be notified within thirty days of the identification process.




         Students may be referred for assessment at any time, based on the following: child self- referral, teacher recommendation, parent/guardian request or others (ex: psychologist, community member, principal, etc.). Referral forms may be obtained at and submitted to the local principal’s office or the office of gifted education. TCS will provide at least two opportunities a year for assessment in the case of students requesting assessment or recommended by teachers, parents, etc. Upon receipt of a referral, the district will follow district procedures for consent to test. The district ensures that there are opportunities for a student to be reassessed. Identification is an ongoing process.


Appeals Procedure

Parents have an opportunity to appeal any decision about the results of any screening procedure, or the scheduling of children for assessment, or the placement of a student in any program or the receipt of services. To appeal, put your request in a letter to the superintendent.


Transfer Students

TCS ensures that any student transferring into the district will be assessed within ninety days of the transfer at the request of the parent. TCS accepts qualifying scores on assessment instruments provided by other school districts or trained personnel outside the school district, provided the assessment instruments are on the Ohio Department of Education’s approved list.


Gifted Services at TCS

TCS ensures equal opportunity for all district students identified as gifted to receive any services offered by the district. Written criteria for determining eligibility for placement in a gifted service will be provided to any parent or district educator upon request.


Instruction will be provided during the regular school day. Such instruction may be provided in large groups, small groups, and/or individually and may include: grade/ subject acceleration, early entrance to kindergarten or early graduation.


TCS also offers services for identified students that include: differentiated curriculum, cluster grouping, mentorships, accelerated coursework, College Credit Plus enrollment option program under Chapter 3365 of the Revised Code, Pre-AP classes, Advanced Placement, honors classes, independent study and Virtual High School - online classes.


Written Education Plans

         Gifted services are based on the student’s area(s) of identification and individual needs and will be guided by a WEP. TCS provides parents with periodic reports regarding the effectiveness of the services provided in accordance with the gifted student’s WEP.

         The WEP provides a description of services including: goals for the student in each service specified including, but not limited to, academic goals.

         The WEP provides methods for evaluating progress toward achieving the goals specified, and methods and schedule for reporting progress to students.

         WEP parent conferences are held in the fall and reviewed in the spring.

         The general education teacher or Gifted Intervention Specialist (grade 3) provides instruction directly to gifted students and is responsible for conducting and completing grades.

         The WEP specifies policies regarding the waiver of assignments (if applicable) and the scheduling of tests missed while participating in any gifted services provided outside the general education classroom, and specifies a date by which the WEP will be reviewed for possible revision.

         Parents and all educators responsible for providing gifted education services to the student, including teachers providing differentiated instruction in general education settings, are provided a copy of the WEP.


Withdrawal from Gifted Programs or Services

The parent or child should put any withdrawal request in writing. Upon receipt of the request for withdrawal, the district designee will contact the parents to discuss the concern. If necessary a group may be convened to discuss educational alternatives for the child. The parent has the final decision regarding withdrawal.