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“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be servants of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.” ~Carol Dweck

AIG
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Vision for Buncombe County Schools
Academically/Intellectually Gifted Services

Buncombe County Schools’ vision is for students to reach their full potential and become successful, responsible citizens in a diverse, global society. 

Our Gifted Services Plan builds upon this foundation to ensure meaningful student growth through systems of support, comprehensive programming, and gifted advocacy. Populations of gifted students, including those from diverse cultural groups and across all economic strata, will accomplish career and college readiness to become productive, creative citizens capable of succeeding in their area of strength. 

The Gifted Services Program in Buncombe County Schools will prepare our students to be lifelong learners, effective citizens, and critical thinkers.

2016-2019 BCS AIG Plan
https://www.buncombeschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=92531&pageId=238744

AIG Curricular Goals (3-8)

AIG Specialists in grades 3 – 8 will continue to enrich and
extend SCOS goals and objectives. Additionally, AIG students
will:

-Gain awareness of themselves as individuals who have unique academic and social-emotional needs.

-Engage in meaningful work that strengthens independent, critical, and creative thinking skills.

-Foster independence in identifying and solving meaningful problems.

-Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively in increasingly complex contexts.

-Think critically about humankind and demonstrate social responsibility in a global community.

-Collaborate effectively with diverse teams to accomplish a common goal.

-Commit to learning as a lifelong process and demonstrate accountability for one’s own learning.


In addition to grade-specific integrated concept based units, AIG specialists will teach lessons from each of the AIG Curricular Strands. Critical and creative thinking skills will be embedded within each strand.

AIG Curricular Strands: 

-Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners 
-Humanities/ Literacy 
-Mathematical/ Logical 
-STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and
 Mathematics)

Screening and Referral Processes

Mass Screening
 
 
The AIG staff annually conducts a formal mass screening in grades 3-8 to
establish a broad-based pool of students who may need differentiated
services. The following guidelines are used in the mass screening:  
(1) 85th percentile or higher on the third grade Cognitive Skills Ability Test
(COGAT), and (2) 85th percentile or higher on grades 3-8 NC EOG reading
and/or math tests. Students meeting these criteria are placed into our
Screening Pool.  
 
Referral for AIG Services
 
Students may be referred for AIG services by the parent(s), guardian(s), or
school personnel. Students may also refer themselves. Upon receiving a
referral, AIG Specialists will contact parents


Frequently Asked Questions
 
AIG in Buncombe County Schools

1. Do students have to re-qualify for AIG each year? What about when they
move from elementary to middle school?
 
No. Students do not have to re-qualify for gifted services each year. Students are
given an Annual Review form at the end of each school year which states that the
level of service will continue during the new school year, unless all stakeholders
meet to determine a different level of service is needed.

2. If my child doesn’t place in AIG, can he/she be re-tested? 
Yes. A student can be nominated again the following school year. Teachers usually
wait a calendar year before re-nominating. AIG staff can use previous test data for
the new nomination. (Achievement test data within the past 12 months and Aptitude
test data from within the past 18 months)

3. Does my child get a grade on their report card for AIG? 
No. There is no space on the report card specifically for AIG. However, a progress
 report will be sent home quarterly.

4.  What does my child do in AIG class?   How long are classes?  How often
do they meet?
 
AIG students, in grades 3-8, will receive explicit and direct instruction from the AIG
Specialist in a separate setting (at least 45-60 min./week) for the purpose of
implementing the AIG curriculum that extends and enriches the NC State Standards.

5.  Is AIG service for my child only once a week?  
AIG Specialists may provide small group instruction to meet the unique needs of AIG
students. (challenge math, novel studies, EOG prep, research, social-emotional needs, organizational
skills, etc.) Locally AIG endorsed classroom teachers provide differentiated
instruction for AIG students daily in the regular classroom.

6. How does my child get in AIG class? 
Parent(s), guardian(s), and school personnel may refer students for AIG evaluation.
Students may also refer themselves. AIG Specialist evaluate nominees using
nationally normed tests. Students need to meet achievement and aptitude criteria.
To qualify for gifted services in Buncombe County, achievement criteria on the
EOG Reading OR Math must be at the 93% or above and 90% or above on
an aptitude test given by the AIG Specialist or a Psychologist. 

7.  Are there any after school AIG enrichment offerings? 
Most schools have different opportunities for after-school activities or enrichment.
Please check individual school websites for these details. Some after-school
examples may include sports, Odyssey of the Mind, Lego Club, Girls on the Run,
Chorus, Chess Club, Take It Apart Club, Math Club, Winter Walkers Club, etc.

8.  We are from another county in NC or state and my child was in AIG/
Advanced classes at his/her previous school. Will he/she be in AIG in
Buncombe County? 
Gifted students who are currently identified in a NC public school will maintain their
AIG identification. Student performance and assessment data is used to determine
appropriate services. Transfer students identified as gifted in other states or private
schools must meet Buncombe County Schools AIG identification criteria.

9.  What is a DEP?
A DEP is a Differentiated Education Plan. The Differentiated Education Plan,
DEP, defines services your child will receive from his/her gifted specialist and
regular classroom modifications from which the regular classroom teacher
will choose based on student need.






Achievement tests measure the extent to which a person has "achieved" something, acquired certain information, or mastered certain skills - usually as a result of planned instruction or training. It is designed to efficiently measure the amount of knowledge and/or skill a person has acquired, usually as a result of classroom instruction.

Achievement tests measure the extent to which a person has "achieved" something, acquired certain information, or mastered certain skills - usually as a result of planned instruction or training. It is designed to efficiently measure the amount of knowledge and/or skill a person has acquired, usually as a result of classroom instruction.

Achievement tests measure the extent to which a person has "achieved" something, acquired certain information, or mastered certain skills - usually as a result of planned instruction or training. It is designed to efficiently measure the amount of knowledge and/or skill a person has acquired, usually as a result of classroom instruction.

Achievement tests measure the extent to which a person has "achieved" something, acquired certain information, or mastered certain skills - usually as a result of planned instruction or training. It is designed to efficiently measure the amount of knowledge and/or skill a person has acquired, usually as a result of classroom instruction.

Achievement tests measure the extent to which a person has "achieved" something, acquired certain information, or mastered certain skills - usually as a result of planned instruction or training. It is designed to efficiently measure the amount of knowledge and/or skill a person has acquired, usually as a result of classroom instruction.