What is AIG?
Academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) students perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experiences or environment. Academically or intellectually gifted students exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both the intellectual areas and specific academic fields. Academically or intellectually gifted students require differentiated educational services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular educational program. Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.
Screening, Identification, and Placement
Onslow County Schools’ commitment to providing an appropriately differentiated education for all academically or intellectually gifted students is evidenced by the school system’s screening, assessment, identification, and AIG placement procedures. Typically, students third grade and up are referred to be screened by their teachers, parents, or self-referral. AIG Specialists also routinely go through the previous year’s EOG data to look for potential AIG candidates.
Potential AIG candidates may be screened and tested during designated testing windows in the Fall, Spring, and Mid-year for 3rd grade; however, referrals for screening are accepted by the school’s AIG Match Team at any given point in time during the school year. Each referral is carefully screened and assessed for the appropriate criteria before the decision to test is made. If the school’s AIG Match Team ascertains that a student meets the appropriate criteria for screening, parental consent is obtained before testing.
Each AIG identification and placement decision is made on a case by case basis according to individual student assessment results. If a student meets the OCS criteria for identification and placement, a DEP (Differentiated Education Plan) will be developed for the student in conjunction with the student’s teacher and the AIG Specialist and written parental consent for services will be secured. The DEP recommendations, service options, and learning environments will be reviewed annually with the parent/guardian. A student who is identified as AIG may remain eligible for AIG services throughout his/her OCS school career, with no reassessment necessary. If a student is identified in one area (Reading, Math or Nonverbal) and EOG test scores and/or other evidence shows a need for identification in the area in which the student is not yet identified, additional testing may occur in an attempt to add this additional area of AIG identification.
New Students to the Onslow County Schools System Identified as Academically Gifted
A student new to OCS, who was identified and served in a gifted program prior to his/her enrollment in the Onslow County School System, will be considered for immediate AIG placement and/or additional screening. The AIG Specialist will examine the transfer student's records and the documentation used to place the student in the gifted program in his/her previous school. If the documentation is such that the student would have also met the OCS AIG eligibility criteria at the time of placement, then the AIG Specialist will honor the student's AIG eligibility and determine the appropriate service option to best meet the student's needs according to his/her academic profile.
For more information or questions regarding AIG Services, please contact Heather.Smith@onslow.k12.nc.us