The Ohio Department of Education requires that each school district identify students in both academics and the arts on an annual basis.
Related Ohio Law and Rule
State law requires school districts to identify gifted students in grades K-12 in the visual and
Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3324.01(B) states:
“Gifted” means 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 under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of section 3324.03 of the Revised
Screening and Identification Procedures in the Visual Arts
Screening and Identification Process Overview
The screening and identification process for identifying students gifted in the visual arts includes the
1. Nomination of the student for screening/assessment (except when every student in a given
grade will be screened)
2. Evaluation of the student using an approved behavioral checklist (see page 11)
3. An evaluation of the student’s Display of Work portfolio using an approved scoring rubric
(see pages 12-17).
Typically, a nomination triggers the screening and identification process. A student may nominate
him or herself, or be nominated by an educator, parent, or peer. School districts are strongly
encouraged to make special efforts to solicit nominations of students from populations that are
underrepresented among students identified as gifted.
Please note that a nomination is required to start the process only if the school district is not
conducting “whole grade” screening efforts in which all students in a given grade will be screened.
Because the outcome of all screening and identification evaluations must be reported to parents and
because student interest and ability in art varies widely, most school districts will choose to follow a
nomination-based screening process rather than conducting whole grade screening.
After a student is nominated, permission should be obtained from the student’s parents to screen the
student before beginning the behavioral checklist and Display of Work portfolio evaluation. If a
student is nominated by his or her parent, permission for the school district to screen/assess the
student in this area is implied. If a parent signs the nomination form, a separate permission form is
Visual and Performing Arts Nomination Form Sample
Instructions: Circle the area (or areas) of the visual and performing arts in which you believe the student should be screened for possible gifted identification. Then place a checkmark in the box next to each behavior or attribute you have observed in the student nominated. Write additional observations you think may be relevant on the back of this form or attach additional pages.
Elaborates on other people’s ideas and uses them as a jumping off point as opposed to copying from others
Shows unique selection of art media for individual activity or classroom projects
Has unusual and richly imaginative ideas Composes with unusual detail and skill
Displays compulsive artistic pursuit
Matches pitches accurately Is able to duplicate complex rhythms correctly
Demonstrates unusual ability on an instrument including voice
Has a high degree of aural memory/musical memory Displays compulsive musical pursuit
Readily shifts into the role of characters, animals or objects
Communicates feelings by means of facial expression, gestures and bodily movements
Uses voice expressively to convey or enhance meaning
Easily tells a story or gives a vivid account of some experience
Regularly seeks performance opportunities
Demonstrates exceptional physical balance
Performs sequences of movement easily and well
Communicates meaning and feeling with movement
Uses his/her body as an instrument of expression
Volunteers to participate in movement activities and dances
Click on the corresponding item below to see the specific handbook for each Visual and Performing Arts identification areas as provided by the Ohio Department of Education.