Ohio's school districts are not required to serve gifted children by law, but they are required to identify students as gifted in grades K - 12. In 1999, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation that updated the process for identifying Ohio's gifted students. The Law or Ohio Revised Code specifies, in general terms, how gifted students are to be identified, and how they may be served. The Rule or Ohio Administrative Code provides the specifics that must be followed in identification. The Rule also provides specifics on how districts may serve gifted children and how state funded gifted units (coordinators and gifted intervention specialists) may be utilized. Ohio districts must comply with both the Law and the Rule.
In March, 2008, the Gifted Rule was revised. Both the new 2008 Rule as well as the previous version are provided below.