GIFTED SCREENING AND IDENTIFICATION
Gifted and talented students are those in all cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds. East Muskingum Local
School District accepts the Ohio definition of gifted according to section 3301-51-15 of the Ohio Revised Code:
“Gifted” means students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkable high levels of accomplishment
when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment and who are identified under division (A), (B), (C),
or (D) of section 3324.03 of the Revised Code (as follows):
Superior Cognitive Ability – refers to those students demonstrating high cognitive functioning.
Specific Academic Ability – refers to those students who demonstrate high levels of achievement in one or more of
the following areas: Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Reading and/or Writing, or a combination of these
Creative Thinking Ability – refers to those students having the ability to apply unique solutions to problems, innovative
ideas, originality, outstanding imagination, innate curiosity, and the ability to solve problems using creative
Visual and Performing Arts Ability – refers to those students demonstrating superior ability in one or more areas such
as drawing, painting, sculpting, music, dance, and/or drama.
There are two phases in the process for screening and identifying gifted students. 1. Whole-grade screenings are
administered in grades 2 and 5. Students take the InView – A Test of Cognitive Abilities for superior cognitive ability
and creative thinking ability and the Terra Nova, Third Edition for specific academic ability (reading and math). 2.
Referrals for screening and identification of students in grades K-12 may be made throughout the school year. A
parent, student, peer, teacher, administrator, guidance counselor, or school psychologist may refer a student for
identification. Please contact your school to request a Referral For Testing Form. East Muskingum identified 456
students in grades K-12 as Gifted last year.