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 second-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 3-12 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 3-11 are screened for AG eligibility at the end of each year as data becomes available from the End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of-Course (EOC) 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.


    Eligibility for Pull-Out Enrichment Service (3-5)  

    Students are identified as AM, AR, AG, AI or IG in all elementary schools according to the following criteria:


    Advanced Academic Achievement (AM, AR, or AG)

    *85th%ile or higher achievement in reading (AR), math (AM), or both subjects (AG).


    Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AI)

    *Aptitude 90th percentile or higher AND achievement of 90th percentile or higher in reading and math OR

    *Aptitude 90th percentile or higher, achievement in one subject at the 90th% or higher and achievement in the other subject at the 85-89th percentile + performance task


    Intellectually Gifted (IG)

    *98th percentile aptitude composite


    Eligibility for AG Service (6-12)

    After Grade 5, aptitude is no longer considered as a criterion for identification. The focus on achievement aligns with district placement parameters for advanced coursework. In all middle and high schools, students in grades 6-12 are identified as AG, AM, or AR according to the following criteria:

    • AM: 85th%ile or higher in math achievement
    • AR: 85th%ile or higher in reading achievement
    • AG: 85th%ile or higher in both math and reading achievement


    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.