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, and creative thinking ability.
Grades K-5: i-Ready
Grades 6-8: MAP Growth (NWEA)
Grades 2 and 6: Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®), 7th Edition
Grades 2 and 6: SCALES Creative Thinking Ability Checklist
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.
Grades 1 – 3
Students in grades 1 through 3 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 4 and 5
Students in grades 4 and 5 who have a gifted identification in the area of mathematics and/or superior cognitive ability will receive their math coursework in a mathematics classroom which is taught by a gifted intervention specialist, or they will be placed in a classroom that has a cluster of students who have a gifted identification in the area of math. The teacher of this classroom will have professional development in the area of gifted education.
Students entering middle school mathematics are evaluated for placement into enriched and accelerated 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 along with high-achieving math students who have teacher recommendations. Grade 8 and accelerated grade 7 math students who have successfully completed enriched math coursework and who have their math teacher’s recommendation are urged to take Algebra 1.
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 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 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.