Alliance City Schools (ACS) accepts referrals, screens and identifies, or screens and reassesses students who perform or show potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creative thinking ability, and/or visual and/or performing arts. ACS follows the policy and procedures established in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15. These rules specify that assessment instruments must come from the list approved by the Ohio Department of Education.
Children may be referred in writing on an ongoing basis, based on the following:
· Child request (self-referral);
· Teacher recommendation;
· Parent/guardian request;
· Child referral of peer; and
· Other (e.g., psychologist, community members, principal, gifted coordinator, etc.)
Upon receipt of a referral, ACS will:
· Follow the process as outlined below; and
· Notify parents of results of screening or assessment and identification within 30 days.
ACS ensures equal access to screening and further assessment of all district children, including culturally or linguistically diverse children, children from low socio-economic backgrounds, children with disabilities and children for whom English is a second language.
ACS conducts whole grade screens for giftedness in all academic areas (reading, mathematics, social studies and science) and superior cognitive ability in grades 2 and 5.
Additionally, ACS provides at least two opportunities each year for assessment in the case of children requesting assessment or recommended for assessment by teachers, parents or other children.
When the screening assessment has been completed, if the data obtained is from an approved identification instrument and the score meets cut-off scores specified in department of education guidance, the identification decision is made and student’s educational needs are determined. Identification scores remain in effect for the remainder of the student’s K-12 school experience.
When the screening assessment has been completed, if the data is from an approved screening instrument or from an identification instrument on which the student is within a district-specified range below the identification score, re-assessment for possible identification occurs.
Out of District Scores
ACS accepts scores, completed within the preceding 24 months on assessment instruments approved for use by the Ohio Department of Education, provided by other schools and/or trained personnel outside the school district.
ACS ensures that any child transferring into ACS will be assessed within 90 days of the transfer at the request of the parent. Parents shall contact the building principal.
An appeal by the parent is the reconsideration of the result of any part of the identification process which would include:
· Screening procedure or assessment instrument (which results in identification);
· The scheduling of children for assessment;
· The placement of a student in any program; and
· Receipt of services.
Parents should submit a letter to the superintendent or designee outlining the nature of the concern. The superintendent or designee will convene a meeting with the parent/guardian, which may include other school personnel. The superintendent or designee will issue a written final decision within 30 days of the appeal. This written notice should include the reason for the decision(s).