In accordance with House Bill 282, gifted and talented identification procedures are in place in the North Canton City Schools for kindergarten through grade 12. Students can be identified as gifted in one or more of the following categories using State of Ohio criteria:
- superior cognitive
- specific academic (reading, math, science, and/or social studies)
- creative thinking
- visual/performing arts (art, instrumental and vocal music, dance, and drama).
(The Ohio Department of Education has said proficiency and state test scores may not be used to identify students.)
Students may be referred for assessment to determine gifted identification. Individual referrals may be made at any time by teacher, parent, or self-request. Individual tests are given twice a year at an after-school time and place.
Visual and performing arts referrals can be made by the districts’ arts teachers but can also be made by parents or students as well. These assessments take place on a Saturday at an out-of-district location. To qualify as gifted in one of the visual and performing arts, an audition or display of work is required and the criteria vary by discipline.
To qualify for services, a student must have an SAI score of 126+ on the standardized ability/cognitive test (Otis Lennon) and a percentile (NP) total score of 95+ on the standardized math or reading achievement test (Stanford or MAP).
Students identified and currently receiving services through Galaxy, Discover, or Junior Scholars will not need to be re-identified and will remain in the program.