Gifted & Talented Services

Educational Programming for Gifted & Talented Students 


The identification process is in compliance with the Ohio Department of Education guidelines:

Screening – Students are screened in grades 2 and 5 using the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAt) and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).

Assessment – Following screening, small group and/or individual assessments may be administered for potentially gifted students using state approved, norm referenced assessment tools.

Referrals – Students can be referred for assessment by parents, teachers, or students in September and April (twice yearly). Referral forms are available in the office of each building or on the district website.

Assurances - Provisions are made to accommodate children with varying cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, disabilities and children for whom English is a second language. The district identifies using only state approved tests given by trained professionals.

Acceleration – The district uses a state approved process.                               


Identification process


The identification process is in compliance with the Ohio Department of Education Guidelines. The Perkins Local School District’s gifted identification plan identifies students in the area of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking ability, and visual/performing arts ability. The identification process consists of three phases: screening, assessment, and identification.


Additional Considerations


Outside testing – The district will accept outside testing for gifted identification if the test is listed on the state approved list. 

Transfer Students – The district will review testing from previous schools in accordance with Perkins criteria to determine whether students qualify for gifted services.

Appeal – The district has an appeals process for decisions regarding screening and identification. The initial step in the process is to submit a written statement to the building principal explaining the reasons for the appeal of identification.

Withdrawal – The district has procedures by which the parents can withdraw their students from services if they feel that the child is unsuccessful in the service or the service is not meeting the needs of the child. Parents should contact their Gifted Intervention Specialist for an initial meeting



Any student in the Perkins Local School District who receives services as designated in the Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students will be provided with a current Written Education Plan (WEP). All gifted services shall be based on the student’s area(s) of identification and individual needs guided by the WEP.



Any student in the Perkins Local School District who has met the criteria for whole grade or subject acceleration will be provided with a Written Acceleration Plan (WAP).


Program Services 2016-2017


Grades K-2   The Gifted Intervention Specialist (GIS) supports the classroom teacher in differentiating and enriching core grade level concepts.


Grades 3    Services are provided by the GIS and may include: problem based learning and projects to enrich the core grade level concepts.


Grades 4-5    Academic core cluster grouping in math instruction will be led by the GIS. In language arts, extension and enrichment will be through research and projects.


Grades 6-8    In grades 6-8, the English/Language Arts curriculum is delivered by the GIS. In math, a general education math teacher provides accelerated lessons to cluster groups of gifted students with guidance from the GIS.


Grades 9-12    Honors level, advanced placement, and college credit plus courses are provided by content area instructors. Additional guidance services are provided by the GIS and may include small group mentoring, servicelearning projects, internships, and other transition services.