South Euclid Lyndhurst School District News Article

Gifted Testing

Each year, school districts in Ohio have the responsibility of identifying gifted learners in several categories. The district must provide an accurate child count to the Ohio Department of Education. 

In accordance with this state mandate, and as part of the South Euclid Lyndhurst assessment programming, all students in grade 2 and grade 4 will be taking a standardized test during the week of January 23rd. The district will use the results from this test not only to help identify students as gifted in the area of superior cognitive for the Ohio child count list, but it will also assist classroom teachers as they continue to work with students this year.

The tests that districts use must be approved by ODE. The test that will be used in SEL this year is the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (8th edition). Classroom teachers will administer the test. The test will be sent out of the district for scoring and parents will be informed of the results when they are available. 

Thank you for supporting your student during this week of testing. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Debra Barrickman, Gifted Coordinator at

During February and March, the district will also be looking for students who are gifted in the specific academic areas of math and/or reading. To find these students, STARS scores earned by students during this year will be reviewed. If a student meets the criteria on these scores, they will be assessed with the Terra Nova (3rd edition). Both STARS and the Terra Nova are assessments that are approved by ODE for use in identifying students as gifted. The Terra Nova will be given in a small group setting. Again, the information from this assessment will not only help to identify students as gifted, but will assist classroom teachers as they work with their students. This assessment will be scored in district and parents will be informed of the results when they are available. 

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