FAQ?

  • Below are the most common questions regarding the HCPS AIG Program.

    1.  Who can refer a student for AIG Testing?  parent, teacher, administrator, staff, or the student him/herself

    2. How do you refer a student?  There is an AIG Lead teacher in each school.  You would need to speak with him/her to get the necessary paperwork to begin the process.  The teachers are:

    • BPS:  Mrs. Grimes
    • AES:  Mrs. Corese Bowser
    • RES:  Ms. Winborne
    • 7th Grade:  Mrs. S. Smith
    • 8th Grade:  Mrs. Fennell 
    • HCHS:  Ms. Swain and Mrs. F. Smith
    • CSB:  Mrs. Lequin
    • HCEC: Mrs. Ward-Moore and Mrs. P. Scott

    3.  What criteria is used to determine if the student is eligible to receive AIG services? 

    1. Nationally normed test: At least one of the three MUST be a test score from any of the following:
      1. 90 percentile score or higher on a state or national achievement test (EOC, EOG, etc.) The percentile is not the same as the exam grade.
      2. 90 percentile score or higher on a nationally norm-referenced aptitude test (NNAT3, CogAT, etc.)
    2. 90 percent average or higher overall from the previous quarter.
    3. Initial Screening Instrument for Gifted Programming rating of 3 points or more. This form must be completed by a classroom teacher.
    4. Portfolio submission of work which consistently demonstrates thinking and skills above grade level. It is the student's responsibility, along with guidance from his/her teachers and families, to select the work that goes in this portfolio. Three to five entries are recommended.

    4. What are the identification areas?  

    Intellectually Gifted (IG) - Students who:

    • Demonstrate ability significantly higher than his/her same age peers as denoted by a score within the 90th percentile or higher on an aptitude test
    • Have not yet demonstrated high academic performance
    • Require activities to stimulate their ability as well as content support

    Academically Gifted (AG) - Students who:

    • Perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment in reading and math when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment
    • Score within the 90th percentile or higher on both math and reading EOG/EOC

    Academically Gifted in Math (AM) - Students who:

    • Demonstrate outstanding performance in mathematics over the course of the academic year
    • Score within the 90th percentile or higher on the math EOG or Math 1 EOC
    • Require differentiated learning opportunities beyond the basic standard course of study
      • subject acceleration
      • curriculum compacting
      • clustering in regular education classrooms
      • Examples include, but are not limited to:

    Academically Gifted in Reading (AR) - Students who:

    • Demonstrate outstanding performance in reading over the course of the academic year
    • Score within the 90th percentile or higher on the reading EOG or English II EOC
      • subject acceleration
      • curriculum compacting
      • clustering in regular education classrooms.
      • Examples include, but are not limited to:

    Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AI) - Students who :

    • Score within the 90th percentile or higher on an ability test (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test)
    • Score within the 90th percentile or higher on the reading and math EOG/EOC

    5.  What happens once my child is identified as AIG?

    HCPS will make every effort to place your child with an AIG certified teacher and in a classroom with peers of the same identification.  Your child may receive differentiated instruction, resource classes once a month (K-5), computer-based instruction (K-5), invitations to competitions, special events/club opportunities, Honors/Advanced Placement/Dual Enrollment (9-12), field trips, hands-on activities and much more. 

    6.  How often can a student be tested?

    Each student can be tested once a school year using the NNAT3 aptitude test.  We also look at EOG/EOC scores for eligibility as well.