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.  The following whole-grade assessments are administered to all students to accomplish this goal and to identify gifted and potentially gifted students, in the areas of superior cognitive ability, mathematics, reading, science and social studies.      

Grade 2:  Iowa Assessments

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

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Grade 4: Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® (ITBS®)
 
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 during middle school and high school, based on each student’s academic performance and level of readiness.  The following educational opportunities reflect the district’s commitment to 1.) academic excellence and 2.) the principle that every student is to be provided with appropriate educational challenges.
 
Elementary School

Grades 1 – 5

Students in grades 1 through 5 who have a gifted identification in the area of superior cognitive ability will be clustered in general education classrooms.  Student grouping 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 coordinator will assist the classroom teachers with the development of curriculum and instruction.
 
Middle School
 
Accelerated Math
Students entering 7th grade are evaluated for placement into Accelerated Math. 8th grade students who have earned a B or higher in Accelerated Math and have their math teacher’s recommendation 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 new College Credit Plus can help you 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. 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 you choose to attend a private college or university, you may have limited costs.
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