Public Schools of Robeson County
Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Program
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Q. What law created Gifted Programs in North Carolina?
A. North Carolina has had legislation governing gifted education since 1961. New legislation for gifted education was passed in 1996, resulting in Article 9B, Academically or Intellectually Gifted Students (N.C.G.S.&115C.5-8(Article 9B)
Q. What is the State definition of academically or intellectually gifted?
A. AIG students perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. AIG students should be performing two years above their current grade-level assignment.
Q. When are students identified as AIG in Public Schools of Robeson County?
A. The AIG Program recommends high-performing Kindergarten through second grade students be served through a “Nurturing Program”. Data used to determine placement in the “Nurturing Program” includes K-2 Assessment ratings, teacher/parent recommendation, and performance in the “Nurturing class”. Third through twelfth graders who demonstrate advanced abilities, high motivation, and receive teacher/parent recommendations may be evaluated/screened and possibly tested. It is the responsibility of the school’s Site-Based Team to determine if a student meets the criteria for testing.
Q. Which aptitude and/or achievement tests are given in the identification process?
· The Public Schools of Robeson County uses the Iowa Test of Basic Skills for achievement and CogAT for aptitude.
· Other assessments are used if needed ( Woodcock Johnson and Cognitive Abilities Test, for example)
Q. What criteria besides aptitude and achievement are used in the identification process?
A. The Public Schools of Robeson County uses multiple criteria as required by law to identify students. We use classroom performance, teacher rating scales in reading, math, motivation, learning, and leadership, and interest inventories from students and parents.
Q. What AIG curriculum do you use?
A. There is no specific AIG curriculum. The LEA adapts the NC Standard Course of Study according to abilities, readiness, interests, and learning profiles, K-12. There are research-based materials available and used by each AIG teacher. These include materials from McGee-Keiser, William and Mary, Project M3 Math, Junior Great Books, Hands-On Equations and Jacob’s Ladder.
Q. What are the licensure requirements for teachers of the gifted?
A. If an AIG teacher is paid from State AIG funds, he/she must have AIG certification.
Q. Are any AIG services offered in grades K-2?
A. Yes. The LEA provides a “nurturing program” in grades K-2 which serves students who have the potential for academic or intellectual giftedness.
Q. How are parents notified of their child’s participation in the nurturing program or the AIG program?
· Parents are invited to an AIG Team meeting if their child is considered for AIG in the identification process.
· At this meeting, parents are informed as to whether their child placed into the program, along with the child’s progress toward the criteria. If the child qualifies, parents are involved in the development of a differentiated education plan (DEP).
· If the student is recommended for nurturing by his/her classroom teachers, parents receive written correspondence and/or a call from the nurturing teacher.
Q. How are AIG referrals handled?
· Students may be referred for the AIG program by their teachers, parents, by another person, or by themselves.
· The school’s Site Based Team collects data on the student to determine whether the student meets the criteria for identification.
· Testing is done if needed.
Q. What about students who transfer in from another school system?
A. Students must meet the Public Schools of Robeson County identification criteria.