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The ESC of Eastern Ohio is committed to providing high quality Gifted curricular and instructional support to our member districts.


Ohio Department of Education
The Gifted Education page on the Ohio Department of Education’s website.  Access information relating to rules, regulations and policies for Gifted Education in the state of Ohio.

Gifted Performance Indicator
The Gifted Performance Indicator page on the Ohio Department of Education’s website. This indicator reflects the identification of, and service to, gifted students and how well they are performing and progressing academically.

Gifted Operating Standards
Ohio’s Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students that addresses giftedness, identification, services, funding, & accountability.


Written Education Plans (WEPs) for Gifted Students
All school districts in Ohio reporting services to gifted students must have on file a copy of a Written Education Plan (WEP) for each student served.

Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted and Talented Students
The National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC) Position Statement on what differentiation means for gifted and talented learners.

Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Council for Exceptional Children-Talented & Gifted (CEC-TAG)


According to Ohio law and district policy, students in grades Kindergarten through 12 may be nominated for assessment for gifted identification.  Nominated students will be evaluated by local school districts using a checklist of gifted behaviors. Parents, teachers, peers, or students themselves may nominate possible candidates for evaluation.

The ESC of Eastern Ohio supports districts in identifying and assessing students gifted in visual and performing arts. The ESCEO provides two opportunities a year for districts to refer students for screening. Our team provides district contacts with information and nomination forms. Please contact Corrie Nelson ( in our Gifted Coordinator Team for additional details.


More info coming soon!

Connect with Our Gifted Coordinator Team

Dawna Rappach
Gifted Coordinator/Instructional Specialist, Gifted Lead

Michele McCaughtry
Gifted Coordinator/Instructional Specialist

Corrie Nelson
Gifted Coordinator/Instructional Specialist

Dan Kidd
Gifted Coordinator/Instructional Specialist/K-12 Social Studies