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Gifted Education

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"Excellence in education is when we do everything that we can to make sure they become everything that they can."
− Carol Ann Tomlinson
Parent involvement in education is how that excellence is achieved. Please review the information on this page regarding gifted education. By better understanding children of the gifted community, we can help them become everything they can!

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Areas of Giftedness

What is “Gifted?” We accept that gifted is the term we use to describe students who have the ability to “perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment” (Ohio Revised Code 3324.01) and who are identified under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of section 3324.03 of Ohio Revised Code.

Identification of gifted students in Ohio. School districts are required to identify students who are eligible. Students will be tested in 1st grade and 5th grade or upon teacher, parent, self-referral, peer referral, or other community member recommendation. 
Area of Giftedness Definition
Superior Cognitive This ability is not subject specific. This refers to overall intelligence, not intelligence in one specific area.
Creative Thinking
This ability is not subject specific. This is the ability to generate new ideas/ways to solve problems.
Specific Academic Ability
According to Ohio Department of Education: “A student shall be identified as exhibiting "specific academic ability" superior to that of students of similar age in a specific academic ability field, if, within the preceding twenty four months the student performed at or above the ninety-fifth percentile at the national level on an approved individual or group standardized achievement test of specific academic ability in that field.” This is true for the math, reading/ELA, Social Studies, and Science.

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Characteristics of giftedness

No gifted child is going to have all of these traits, however, these traits can be attributed to your child's giftedness.
Superior Cognitive Creative Thinker Social-Emotional Behavioral
Likes to solve problems and actually apply concepts

Early reader/reads large quantities

Expansive vocabulary

Intellectual curiosity

Critical thinker

Skeptical of things


Goal oriented

Likes to work independently

Interested in many things


Sense of humor



Flexible (works around problems)

Independence in attitude and social behavior

Does not try to fit in, accepts themselves


Sees things through
Emotional depth and intensity, might be considered sensitive

Empathetic to others

High expectations for self, as well as others

Very aware of themselves, as well as their feelings of being different

Easily wounded, needs emotional support

Needs to consistently have and apply their own method for decision making with their personal actions

Has an advance level of moral judgment

Strong sense of judgment and justice

Highly enthusiastic

Hyper focused on their interests

Very energetic, does not need a lot of down time or sleep

Asks a lot of questions/is very curious


Very persistent in areas of interest

Gets very frustrated, and places a lot of pressure on self and others

Can have quite a temper, specially when they think they might be failing

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Helpful websites

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Helpful Literature

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Helpful Contacts

Ms. Kristin Cutlip 
PVSD Gifted Intervention Specialist