Ohio Law for Identifying Gifted Children

Gifted students are defined by the State of Ohio as those who “perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment who are identified under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of section 3324.03 of the Ohio Revised Code.” The state requires gifted identification in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking ability, and the visual and performing arts.

Superior Cognitive Ability:  a score within the preceding twenty-four months at least two standard deviations above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual or group intelligence test, OR performance at or above the ninety-fifth percentile on an approved individual or group standardized basic or composite battery of a nationally normed achievement test, OR attainment of an approved score on one or more above grade-level standardized nationally normed approved* tests.


Specific Academic Ability:  a score within the preceding twenty-four months in the 95th percentile or above at the national level on an approved* individual or group standardized achievement test of specific academic ability in that field.


Creative Thinking Ability:  a score within the preceding twenty-four months at least one standard deviation above the mean, minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual or group intelligence test AND a qualifying score on an approved individual or group test of creative ability OR sufficient performance on an approved* checklist of creative behaviors.


Visual and Performing Arts:  a demonstration of superior ability in a visual or performing arts area to a trained individual through a display of work, an audition, or other performance or exhibition AND exhibition of sufficient performance to a trained individual, as established by the Department of Education, on an approved* checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area.


* Approved means inclusion on the Ohio Department of Education's List of Approved Assessments.



For information on the identification criteria for Upper Arlington Schools, please see our District Gifted Identification and Services Information


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