Gifted & Talented

The Summit County Gifted Education Consultants work collaboratively throughout the Summit County School Districts to meet the needs of our gifted students and families. Our goal is to provide leadership in the development and improvement in gifted education. To support the districts in Summit County, the gifted education team provides services, professional development, and ongoing communication about gifted education to the Summit Area Educators and community.

Gifted Operating Standards Revisions

The State of Ohio recently revised the Operating Standards for Identification and Service for gifted students. As a result, districts are in the process of realigning their servicing criteria. Yet the Ohio law does not mandate services for gifted students.


Gifted Identification in Ohio

The State of Ohio identifies in the following areas:

  • Superior Cognitive Ability
    Score two standard deviations above the mean minus the standard error of measurement on an intelligence test, perform at or above the 95th percentile on a basic or composite battery of a nationally normed achievement test, or attain an approved score on an above grade-level standardized, nationally normed test.
  • Specific Academic Ability in a Field
    Perform at or above the 95th percentile at the national level on a standardized achievement test of specific academic ability in that field. A child may be identified as gifted in more than one specific academic ability field.
  • Creative Thinking Ability
    Score one standard deviation above the mean minus the standard error of measurement on an intelligence test and attain a sufficient score, as established by the Department, on a test of creative ability or a checklist of creative behavior.
  • Visual or Performing Arts Ability
    Demonstrate to a trained individual through a display of work, an audition, or other performance or exhibition, superior ability in a visual or performing arts area and attain a sufficient score, as established by the Department, on a checklist of behaviors related to a specific arts area.

For more information, contact:

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Kim Berman
Gifted Consultant
(330) 945-5600, x511278
kimb@cybersummit.org

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Shawn Jividen
Gifted Consultant
(330) 945-5600, x511253
shawnj@cybersummit.org

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Diane Oplinger
Gifted Consultant
(330) 945-5600

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Karen Rumley
Gifted Consultant
(330) 945-5600, x511278
karenr@cybersummit.org

Definition of Gifted

Gifted is defined as students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of the same age, experience, or environment.