*Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of frequently asked questions about AIG.*
AIG Identification Process
All 3rd graders go through the AIG identification process during the course of their third grade year. Click HERE for more information regarding 3rd grade and the AIG program. Students in grades 4 and 5 are nominated by teachers and/or parents for AIG evaluation. Parents and teachers are able to nominate students for referral to the School Based Committee for Gifted Education. All nominations must be received in writing by the nomination deadline. Contact your general education teacher or Miss Sheehan for specifics regarding the nomination windows and the testing windows. Visit the DOCUMENTS page to access parent letters, parent brochures, and other important AIG documents.
Step 1: Nomination
Parents, teachers, or students submit (in writing) a nomination to the School Based Committee for Gifted Education by the nomination deadline. There is not a designated form for nominations. Just send a note to your teacher or Miss Sheehan telling them you would like your student to be considered for AIG evaluation.
Step 2: School Based Committee for Gifted Education Review
After the nomination deadline the SBCGE meets to consider all nominations. The committee reviews available student data and documentation based on formal and informal indicators and determines which of the nominated students will be referred for testing. Being nominated does not guarantee AIG evaluation.
The committee decides which students need to be referred for AIG evaluation and which students do not. These students are chosen after a careful review of all current data. AIG evaluation is taken very seriously. It can include additional testing using different AIG assessments.
This will be the end of the AIG identification process for nominated students who are not referred for evaluation.
All parents will receive a letter indicating what decision the SBCGE made regarding their student. This letter needs to be signed and returned.
Parents can request a meeting with the general education teacher and the AIG teacher to discuss any concerns or questions.
Step 3: AIG Evaluation
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there one test that determines AIG identification?
A: No. There are multiple assessments given to students to determine their aptitude and intelligence abilities. As well as teacher and parent feedback surveys. Multiple data points are used to determine eligibility.
Q: Can the AIG just test my child and tell me if they're AIG?
A: No. All students must go through the identification process. Part of this process involves parent permission letters and multiple data points.
Q: How often is my AIG student served?
A: All AIG students receive 45 minutes/subject of direct AIG time with the AIG teacher each week. The AIG teacher collaborates with the classroom teachers in order to provide support to AIG students in the regular ed classroom.
Q: My student did not qualify for AIG. When can they be tested again?
A: Students can only be tested once every calendar year. However, it is not recommended they be tested multiple years in a row.
Q: Is AIG the only option for my highly capable student?
A: No! SSA is another program offered by WCPSS. This program allows students to grade skip. They must meet the testing requirements. Students are tested for SSA each spring.
Q: My student qualified for AIG. Is it required?
A: No. Simply mark the NO box on the consent for services form when it comes home. Or, contact the AIG teacher and let them know what you want for your student ASAP.
Q: Is my child is identified when does service begin?
A: AIG services will begin as soon as you sign the parent consent allowing services to begin.
Q: My student is in 3rd Grade Explorers - are they also AIG?
A: No. 3rd Grade Explorers is a program offered to all third grade students. AIG is a different program for those who meet the gateways.
Q: My AIG student is missing assignment and tests when they are in the AIG classrooms. What should I do?
A: Contact your homeroom teacher or the AIG teacher ASAP. AIG students are not supposed to MISS any classroom work.
Q: Will my AIG student get extra work now that they are in AIG?
A: No! AIG students will receive additional instruction during their regular day. This will take the place of something in their general education classroom. The teachers will work together to provide the right amount of work and opportunities for each individual student.
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