Overview of AIG in NC
For Families
A Guide for Parents
of Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG)
Students in NC’s public schools
DPI - 2013
• Why AIG & Overview
• Parent’s Version of NC AIG Program
Standards and AIG Plans’ Delivery
• Contact info and other resources
Why AIG?
The purpose of the Academically and
Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program is to
provide challenging educational program for
students who perform, or show potential for
performing, at high levels of accomplishment.
Here in North Carolina, state law requires all
school districts to have their own AIG Plan.
This goal is academic excellence and for all
students to grow to their potential. We do not
want children to be bored in the classroom!
Overview of AIG Delivery:
* Funding and laws
* State Ed Policies
* AIG Program
* AIG Plan
* Local School
Board Policies
* Principal
* AIG Coordinator
* Teacher
AIG Funding- in NC
In the U.S., education decisions and funding occur
mainly at the state level. NC is 4th highest in state
funding to AIG Programs. Counties or towns may
contribute additional funds in some states.
The NC General Assembly authorizes funds designated
for AIG Students based on 4% of Average Daily
Membership/ ADM* (average number of students) at
$ $1163.07 per pupil for 2012-2013. These funds
are allocated as 1% of general student allocation
from Department of Public Education/DPI to each
school district, or Local Education Agency/LEA.
AIG Program Plans
The Local AIG Plan is approved by the local Board of
Education and submitted to State Board of
Education/DPI for comment. DPI assists LEAs with
their local AIG program and plan but does not
approve local plans.
AIG plans must be revised every three years by the
LEA. Current local AIG plans will be revised and
resubmitted in July 2013
Your LEA/Local Education Agency’s AIG plan Is online.
AIG Program Standards
• The appropriate educational services for
AIG students are delivered to your child
through district, school and classroom
practices according to the AIG Plan
which follows six standards.
• These six standards, as described in
State Board of Education Policy GCSU-000, are outlined in following pages.
NC AIG Program Standard #1
Standard 1: Student Identification is to be
clear, equitable, and comprehensive.
Each LEA is to determine their own identification
requirements for Academically and/or Intellectually
Gifted students using multiple criteria and
measurements. In NC, this does not include artistic
abilities, leadership, etc. (albeit, those are great traits!)
Documented process includes timelines, required
forms/communication, placement, reviews and,
if necessary, grievance policies.
NC AIG Program Standard #2
Standard 2: Differentiated Curriculum and
AIG differentiation includes rigorous instruction and
engaging activities adapted for the more advanced
learners – so that every child is learning.
How this looks in the classroom may differ based on
each LEA, school and other factors. Some LEA’s
may have special AIG magnet schools.
Examples of possible options are given on the following
pages based on the school/age level of your child.
NC AIG Standard #2 (continued)
At the elementary and middle school levels, there
might be the following delivery options:
• flexible grouping of similar learners;
• varied pacing of how much time is offered for learning
possibly through curriculum compacting;
• “pull out” where students are removed from class for
specialized instruction in another area;
• “push in” where specialist suggests material to be done
inside the classroom; and/or
• Interest centers or Independent projects.
NC AIG Standard #2 (continued)
More options for K-8 include:
• NC State Board of Education/SBE Policy GCS-J-001
details early kindergarten admission requirements.
• Grade or subject acceleration is another option that
any School Principal has by law for AIG children.
• NC SBE Policy GCS-M-001 allows for credit by
demonstrated mastery and middle school students to
take certain high school courses for graduation credit
(Acronyms and Gifted Terminology Guides may help!)
NC AIG Standard #2 (continued)
Many options exist for high school AIG courses:
• Schools may offer “Honor” classes or Advancement
Placement college courses. NC SBE Policy GCS-M001 allows for credit by demonstrated mastery.
• NC Virtual Public Schools offers online courses for
remedial and acceleration purposes. These can be
taken during the school year or over the summer.
• Many “Early Colleges” also serve high school AIG
NC AIG Standard #2 (continued)
More options for AIG High school students:
• The Governor's School is a six-week summer
residential program funded by NC for intellectually
gifted high school students.
• NC School of Science and Math is a residential
magnet school for Junior and Senior High School
students funded by NC.
NC AIG Standard #3
Standard 3: Personnel and Professional
Establishes specific and appropriate professional
development requirements for all personnel involved
in AIG programs and services, including classroom
teachers, counselors, and school administrators.
All teachers should know how to differentiate and meet
the needs of AIG students. Differentiation does not
expect all children to be doing the same thing all the
NC AIG Standard #4
Standard 4: Comprehensive Programming
within entire school community.
Communication is necessary to ensure:
• comprehensive school service to meet the diverse
academic, intellectual, social, and emotional needs of
AIG students; and
• effective continuation of K-12 services, especially at
key transition points;
• inclusion of all special subcategories and doubly
identified AIG students with learning disabilities.
Gifted children are connected to the whole school!
NC AIG Standard #5
Standard 5: Partnerships
• The LEA ensures participation of stakeholders in the
planning and implementation of the local AIG
• Engages parents/families in a meaningful way; and
• Forms partnerships with parents/families, institutions
of higher education, local businesses and industry,
and other stakeholders within the community to
enhance and gain support for AIG programs and
NC AIG Standard #6
Standard 6: Program Accountability
• The LEA implements, monitors, and evaluates the
local AIG program and plan to ensure that all
programs and services are effective.
• Plans are approved by LEA School Board and sent to
DPI for review and comment.
• Uses and monitors state funds allotted for the local
AIG program according to state policy.
• Data is used to monitor effectiveness of AIG Plan.
• Advisory AIG Councils include parents and others.
Who to Contact:
Phone #?
US & NC Legislators
www.ncleg.net “who represents me” tab
State Board of Ed
c/o [email protected]
State Director, Gifted
[email protected]
Your School Board
To be filled in by presenter
Your LEA AIG Coordinator
Your School Principal
To be filled in by parent
Your AIG Coordinator
For more information…..
NCDPI AIG http://www.ncpublicschools.org/academicservices/gifted/
NCAGT: NC Association for Gifted & Talented & NC PAGE/Partners for
the Advancement of Gifted Education http://www.ncagt.org
Also, many counties have PAGE chapters for parent support and
NAGC: National Association for Gifted Children
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted http://www.sengifted.org/
Davidson Institute for Profoundly Gifted www.davidsongifted.org/
Hoagies All Things Gifted http://www.hoagiesgifted.org

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