• Summer Screening & Testing 

    The AIG Department conducts a district-wide, annual screening process where data is collected for every student enrolled in grades 3-7. This process is automatic and families will be notified via email if a student has data to support a referral to summer testing. These emails will be sent within the first few weeks of June with directions on how to register for summer testing.

    For families that are enrolling in UCPS, please download and review a copy of our summer screening brochure (English) (Spanish). It may also be helpful to review the information on the screening and testing tab.

    Please contact the AIG summer screening center with all questions at aig.summertesting@ucps.k12.nc.us or call 704-296-6308. Email is preferred.

  • UCPS BOE Approved Recommendations for AIG

    With growing stakeholder concern over the decline in student achievement caused by the pandemic, the AIG Department collected and analyzed data from 2017-2021 to recommended the following modifications in the 2021-22 AIG Addendum (executive summary):

    1. To eliminate redundant testing of students by: 
      1. Extending the use of aptitude scores from 1-year to a 2-year window, 
      2. Expanding aptitude and achievement cut scores for pathways 2 & 3 (see updated UCPS Identification Criteria), 
      3. Continuing the use of BOG scores for 3rd grade students, and
      4. To honor previous, UCPS AIG identification if a family withdrew a student for this past school year.
    2. To offer all students with data supporting further assessment an opportunity over the summer or in the fall, whichever option works best for the family
    3. To support low AIG population schools with targeted Pathway 3 consideration.

    In an effort to keep the screening and testing processes equitable, the AIG Department recommended the continued elimination of private testing as a means to bypass the screening process for privileged families. 

    Lastly, the AIG Department recommended that each school expand services to support:

    1. Social-emotional well-being of students,
    2. Enrichment and extension options for gifted and advanced students,
    3. Career and College planning for gifted and advanced secondary students,
    4. Improvement of talent development programs, and
    5. Professional development opportunities focused on gifted and advanced learners available to all educators within the district.

    The UCPS School Board approved these recommendations on June 1, 2021.

  •  What is the Purpose of the AIG Program?

    The purpose of the AIG program is to serve the needs of students with high ability and/or aptitude for learning. The program provides differentiated instruction and other curriculum approaches beyond that of the general education classroom.  Services include acceleration options, replacement curriculum options, opportunities for individual interest development, and development of higher-level critical thinking skills focused around depth and complexity of curriculum content. 

    • The program has a variety of service options such as 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, and summer enrichment opportunities provided at each school.  
    • The program supports the early identification of potentially gifted learners in grades K-3 in order to provide enrichment opportunities.

    The identification process considers different combinations of multiple criteria, including aptitude indicators, achievement indicators, and student performance indicators.  Students must meet the UCPS School Board approved identification criteria in order to qualify for services.


  • Dr. Cynthia Hogston Portrait


    Dr. Cynthia Hogston

    Director of Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) and Federal Programs

    Phone: (704) 296-0823

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