AIG PROGRAM OVERVIEWThe Academically or Intellectually Gifted Program (AIG)
The purpose of the AIG program is to address the needs of students with high ability and/or aptitude for learning. The program provides differentiated instruction and curriculum approaches beyond that of the regular classroom. It includes acceleration options, opportunities for individual interest development, and high-level problem solving skills.
The program provides an identification process using multiple criteria, including aptitude, achievement, and student performance. The program promotes the early identification of potentially gifted learners at grades K-3 in order to provide enrichment opportunities.
The program provides a variety of service options, including gifted-education resources, cluster grouping, subject and grade acceleration, and advanced subject grouping of gifted learners.
There are a variety of enrichment opportunities, including academic competitions, field trips, fine arts activities, problem-solving investigations, special interest clubs, summer enrichment opportunities.
The District Wide Screening Process
The district-wide annual screening process for gifted services is automatic for every student currently enrolled in our district. Every student has an equal opportunity to participate in the screening process that is continually collecting and updating three different types of indicators: aptitude indicators, achievement indicators, and performance indicators. The collection of student data starts at the beginning of the second semester and ends with the release of final grades and the return of the End of Grade (EOG) scores.
We collect three basic types of indicators for every student. The combination of these three types of indicators determines one of thee possible outcomes of the screening process for every student:
- The student qualifies for gifted services, or
- The student is referred for further testing, or
- The student is screened next school year.
Notification of the outcome from the screening process occurs when a student qualifies for gifted services or the student is referred for further testing. Notification letters go home at the end of the school year.
Formally identified gifted students in grades 4-7 who only receive services in one area (math or reading) are also included in the screening process. These students will continue their services without the need for re-qualification while being screened for the other area of service.
We have created a short webinar to address some of the frequently asked questions about the district-wide annual screening process.
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Dr. Cynthia Hogston
Director of Academically and Intellectually Gifted and Federal Programs
Director Phone: (704) 296-0823