In accordance with House Bll 282, gifted and talented identification procedures are in place in the Massillon City Schools for kindergarten through grade 12.
Students may be identified as gifted in one or more of the following categories using the State of Ohio criteria: superior cognitive, specific academic (reading, math, science and/or social studies), creative thinking, and visual/perfoming arts (art, instrumental and vocal music, dance and drama.)
All Massillon City Schools' students will be academically screened in the second grade with standardized testing: the Terra Nova and In View tests. In the other grades, students will be assessed on an as-needed basis to determine gifted identification. A student may be individually referred for testing at any time by a teacher, parent, peer, or self-request. Individual tests are scheduled at a minimum of twice a year -- in the fall and spring. Visual and performing arts referrals may also be made by a teacher, parents, peer or self-request.
The Board of Education for Massillon City Schools recognizes that the educational growth of children varies; therefore procedures are in place for academic acceleration. This includes early entrance to kindergarten, whole grade acceleration, subject acceleration and early graduation.
The district ensures equal opportunity for all district students identified as gifted and talented to receive gifted services offered by the district when available. Selection of students will be based upon the criteria for gifted identification as outlined by the Ohio Department of Education's Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students. Depending on the services available, students may be required to have more than one area of identification in order to be served. Students identified and currently receiving services will not need to be re-indentified and will remain in the program as long as the district chooses to provide services to students.
If you have questions or would like to refer a student for gifted testing or possible acceleration, please contact Kris Blair, Gifted Coordinator, at 330-830-3900, ext. 50217, or email at [email protected]