Gifted Education

The state superintendent of public instruction has extended deadlines for various gifted education requirements pursuant to Section 17 (I)1 of House Bill 197 in the wake of the coronavirus-related ordered school-building closure. The following summarizes the gifted education extensions that are approved. 

 

Referrals for Gifted Identification

Ohio Revised Code 3324.04 (B)(1) and Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15 (C)(3)(a) require public school districts (city, local and exempted village) to provide at least two opportunities per year for the evaluation of students in grades K-12 for any area of gifted identification when students request assessment or are recommended for assessment by teachers, parents or other students. (Each opportunity is considered to constitute a deadline for purposes of the deadline extension authority.) 

For students who were referred for gifted identification and in the process of being assessed or where the assessment had yet to take place due to Ohio's ordered school-building closure, districts have until Oct. 31, 2020, to complete assessments for impacted students. Districts should notify the parents or guardians of impacted students of the extended gifted assessment deadline. Newly identified gifted students should be placed into any gifted services for which they qualify for the 2020-2021 school year at the earliest available opportunity. Districts will need to have two opportunities during the 2020-2021 school year for evaluation of students.  

 

Evaluation of Transfer Students and Students Referred for Initial Assessment 

Ohio Revised Code 3324.04 (B)(3) and Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15 (C)(3)(b)(iii)(c) require public school districts to ensure any student transferring into the district is assessed for gifted identification within 90 days of the transfer at the request of a parent or guardian. In addition, Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15 (C)(3)(b)(iii)(a) requires school districts to complete assessments within 90 days of referral for any student referred for initial assessment in any area of gifted identification. (Each 90-day limit is considered to constitute a deadline for purposes of the deadline extension authority.) 

Public school districts have until Oct. 31, 2020, to complete the gifted identification assessment for students who transferred into the district during Ohio’s ordered school-building closure and were referred for gifted identification. Additionally, public school districts have until Oct. 31, 2020, to complete any student’s gifted initial assessment in a particular area of gifted identification where the assessment had yet to occur or be completed prior to Ohio’s ordered school-building closure. Districts should ensure the placement of newly identified students impacted by the ordered school-building closure into any gifted services for which they qualify for the 2020-2021 school year at the earliest available opportunity. 

 

Whole Grade Screening 

Per Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15 (C)(3)(b)(ii), public school districts are required to provide whole grade screenings for all students once prior to the end of grade 2 and once after the completion of grade 2 but prior to the end of grade 6. (The requirement to perform these screenings prior to the end of grade 2 and after the completion of grade 2 but prior to the end of grade 6 is considered to constitute a deadline for purposes of the deadline extension authority.) 

Districts that were in the process of administering required whole grade screenings or where required whole grade screenings were not yet administered due to Ohio's ordered school-building closure have until Oct. 31, 2020, to complete the required whole grade screenings. This extension will provide district staff members the opportunity to return and establish necessary systems to complete whole grade screening requirements for the 2019-2020 school year while ensuring equitable access to identification for impacted students. Districts still are required to provide regularly scheduled whole grade screenings for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Notification of Results for Gifted Assessment 

Ohio Revised Code 3324.04 (C) and Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15 (C)(3)(b)(iv) require public school districts to notify parents of assessment results within 30 days of a district's receipt of student results for any screening procedure or assessment instrument. (The requirement to notify within 30 days is considered to constitute a deadline for purposes of the deadline extension authority.) 

Districts should, to the greatest extent possible, notify parents of assessment results within the required 30-day timeframe. However, for districts unable to notify parents of assessment results due to Ohio’s ordered school-building closure, districts must provide notification of results to parents no later than Sept. 30, 2020. Districts should ensure the placement of newly identified students impacted by the ordered school-building closure into any gifted services for which they qualify for the 2020-2021 school year at the earliest available opportunity. 

 

Professional Development for Designated Service Providers 

Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15 (D)(8)(b)(ii) (a-d) requires general education teachers designated as providers of gifted services to earn specified clock hours of qualifying professional development from qualified providers. General education teachers who do not have at least 24 hours of certified Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate training within the past five years must earn at least 15 clock hours of professional development in gifted education during each year over four years. General education teachers who are certified Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate teachers who have earned at least 24 hours of certified Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate training within the past five years must earn at least seven and one-half clock hours of professional development in gifted education during each year over four years. A teacher is considered a provider of gifted services if the annual minimum clock hour requirements for gifted professional development are met by the end of the school year. (Each time limit for the completion of certain training requirements is considered to constitute a deadline for purposes of the deadline extension authority.) 

General education teachers who are designated providers of gifted services for the 2019-2020 school year, to the greatest extent possible, are encouraged to meet the annual minimum clock-hour requirements by the end of the school year through qualifying gifted education professional development provided online or through other means. However, where flexibility is needed due to Ohio’s ordered school-building closure, designated providers of gifted service have until Oct. 31, 2020, to meet annual minimum clock-hour requirements for gifted professional development for the 2019-2020 school year. Keep in mind that teachers designated as providers of gifted service must continue to meet annual minimum clock-hour requirements for the 2020-2021 school year to be reported as providers of gifted service for that school year.  

 

Acceleration Evaluation 

Ohio Revised Code 3324.10 (A) – (B) requires Ohio’s State Board of Education to adopt a model student acceleration policy. The board of education of each city, local and exempted village school district must implement a student acceleration policy that is either the model adopted by the State Board of Education or a policy covering similar issues and that is reviewed and approved by the Ohio Department of Education. As required in Ohio’s Model Student Acceleration Policy for Advanced Learners (1)(e), districts must complete acceleration evaluations of referred students and notify parents or guardians of the outcome no later than 45 days after the referral. (To the extent that the 45-day requirement has been adopted by districts as part of their model policies, it is considered to constitute a deadline for purposes of the deadline extension authority.) 

For students who were referred for acceleration and in the process of being evaluated for accelerated placement prior to Ohio’s ordered school-building closure or where evaluations for referred students had yet to occur, districts have until Sept. 30, 2020, to complete evaluations for acceleration and notify parents of outcomes. This will allow districts to place students into accelerated settings at the earliest available opportunity.  

Questions about the extensions for gifted education requirements may be directed to the Department’s gifted staff in the Office for Exceptional Children at gifted@education.ohio.gov
 


Sec. 17 (I) of Am. Sub. House Bill 197 of the 133rd General Assembly grants the state superintendent of public instruction the authority to:  

“…extend or waive any deadline for an action required of the State Board of Education, the Department of Education, or any person or entity licensed or regulated by the State Board or Department during the duration of the Director of Health's order under section 3701.13 of the Revised Code "In re: Order the Closure of All K-12 Schools in the State of Ohio" issued on March 14, 2020, or any local board of health order, and any extension of any order, based on the implications of COVID-19, as necessary to ensure that the safety of students, families, and communities are prioritized while continuing to ensure the efficient operation of the Department and public and private schools in this state.” 

 

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