GIFTED EDUCATION

The Cloverleaf Local School District recognizes the importance of providing all students with an appropriate, comprehensive, and rigorous curriculum.   In order to do this the district must first determine the cognitive ability and specific academic achievement levels of our students.  To accomplish this goal the following whole-grade assessments are administered to all students to identify gifted and potentially gifted students in the areas of superior cognitive ability, mathematics, reading, science, social studies, and creative thinking ability.      

Grade 2 and 4:  Iowa Assessments

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Grades 2, 3 and 6: Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®), 7th Edition

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Grades 2, 3 and 6: SCALES Creative Thinking Ability Checklist

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All gifted identification assessment instruments employed by the district are approved by the Ohio Department of Education.   Individual student progress reports generated from these assessments are shared with parents, teachers, and administrators and serve as detailed snapshots of student ability and current achievement performance.   The results of these assessments will be considered, along with data from other assessments, when making district and building level instructional and curricular decisions.

In keeping with the district’s expectation that all students will actively engage in rigorous curriculum and maintain a high level of academic achievement, students are evaluated for participation in advanced courses based on each student’s academic performance and level of readiness.  The following educational opportunities reflect the district’s commitment to academic excellence and the principle that every student is to be provided with appropriate educational challenges.

Elementary School

Grades 1 – 4

Students in grades 1 through 4 who have a gifted identification in the area of superior cognitive ability will be clustered in general education classrooms.  Student groupings during classroom instruction will be flexible and determined by student readiness, ability, and achievement level. To provide appropriate challenges for our highly capable students, the district gifted intervention specialist and gifted coordinator are available to classroom teachers to consult in the development of curriculum and instruction.

Grade 5

Students in grade 5 who have a gifted identification in the area of mathematics and/or superior cognitive ability will receive their math coursework in a resource classroom which is taught by a gifted intervention specialist.

Middle School

Math Coursework

Students entering 6th and 7th grade are evaluated for placement into enriched mathematics courses. Students who have a gifted identification in the area of math and/or superior cognitive ability will be placed in the higher level math courses, as well as high-achieving math students who have teacher recommendations. 8th grade students who have earned a B or higher in Accelerated Math and their math teacher’s recommendation those students and those students who have a gifted identification in math and/or superior cognitive ability are urged to take Algebra 1.

High School

Advanced Placement Courses (AP)   

The Advanced Placement Program offers college level courses to high school students.   Students who perform well on AP exams may earn college credit and advanced placement while at the same time establishing themselves as competitive college applicants.

Honors Courses

Honors courses provide academic rigor for advanced students.  The curriculum pacing in these courses is accelerated and the instruction is focused on higher level thinking skills, problem solving, and project-based learning.  Students enrolled in honors courses may be required to complete summer assignments.

College Credit Plus

Ohio’s College Credit Plus can help students earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students. When taking a college course from a public college or university, College Credit Plus is free. That means no cost for tuition, books or fees. If a student chooses to attend a private college or university, there may be limited costs. Please click HERE for more from the Ohio Department of Education.

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