AIG Screening and Identification

  • Screening

    Guilford County Schools is committed to providing services to students who demonstrate the need for rigor beyond the general education setting. Screening for gifted services begins in third-grade with the administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), which establishes an initial screening pool for additional evaluation.

    Additional evaluation may include standardized achievement tests (Iowa Assessments), further aptitude screening (Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test), and/or performance tasks. Parents will receive communication from the school regarding additional evaluation measures, as appropriate for their child.

    Students in grades 3-7 may also be referred for screening by school personnel, a parent/guardian, or community members using the AG Referral Form.

    Additionally, all students in grades 3-7 are screened for AG eligibility at the end of each year as data becomes available from the End-of-Grade (EOG) tests.

    Students who are new to GCS will be screened for AG services as indicators of high academic performance are presented to the school-based Team for Academically Gifted (TAG). These indicators may be presented to the TAG by the AG teacher, classroom teacher, parents, student, or community members. Guilford County Schools offers reciprocity to students who were identified in their previous North Carolina public school district. 


    AIG eligibility is dependent upon multiple points of data. Students may attain eligibility through one of several pathways.


    Criteria for Eligibility (Grades 3-5)

    1. Intellectually Gifted

    •  98th percentile aptitude

    2. Academically Gifted

    • 98th percentile achievement in reading and/or math

    3. Academically and Intellectually Gifted

    • Aptitude 90 percentile or higher and achievement 90 percentile or higher in reading and/or math OR
    • Aptitude 85-89 percentile; achievement 90 percentile or higher in reading and/or math; and accepted Reasoning Performance Task score  OR
    • Aptitude 90 percentile or higher; and achievement 85-89 percentile in reading and/or math; and accepted Math and/or Reading Performance Task  score 


    Criteria for Eligibility (Grades 6-8)

    • Reading Achievement: 90 percentile or greater
    • Math Achievement: 90 percentile or greater

     After grade 8, students are not formally identified for AG services. 

    Criteria for Very Strong (VS) Service at The Academy at Lincoln

    • Aptitude 97 percentile
    • Reading 97 percentile
    • Math 97 percentile
    • Science 95 percentile*                  
    • Social Studies 95 percentile*      
    • “A” average in each of the four core subjects

     *If one subject, science OR social studies, falls below the 95th percentile, an average score of 95th percentile is acceptable.