Formal identification for AG services begins in the third grade. For students in grades 3 – 5, the AG Department provides pull-out enrichment or talent development services:
Students who are identified as academically gifted meet the identification criteria stated in our AIG Plan and summarized below:
90th percentile or higher
90th percentile or higher
Once students become eligible for AG services in reading and/or math, students begin service as soon as the parent or guardian signs the Differentiated Education Plan (DEP). The DEP gives the AG teacher permission to serve the student in a pull-out enrichment program for a minimum of 90-minutes weekly in each subject of eligibility. AG students are served in a small group setting, usually less than 20 students, by the AG teacher assigned to the elementary school. The AG teacher must hold North Carolina state add-on licensure to teach AG students.
In the pull-out enrichment program AG teachers use a curriculum that is based on the North Carolina standards. The units enrich and extend the curriculum taught in the regular classroom in grades 3 – 5. The lessons are based on over-arching concepts such as mathematics mindset, freedom, the arts, heroes, and diversity.
The AG department acknowledges the need to deliberately cultivate the ability of students to promote their academic success. To that end, elementary AG teachers provide talent development services that aim to increase AG identification of students from underrepresented populations. These services are provided to students in grades K – 5.
Participation in our Talent Development services is determined on an annual basis and is dependent upon student performance and scheduling capacity. Since talent development services is based on the student’s performance in their local environment (school), these services are not guaranteed should a child transfer to another school/school district during the school year.
Third Grade Whole Group Lessons
During the first semester of third grade, all students in Guilford County Schools receive instruction from the AG teacher on critical thinking skills, vocabulary development, and Habits of Mind for successful learners. The 45-minute lessons are taught weekly by the AG teacher in the general education setting allowing the classroom teacher to collect data on gifted characteristics demonstrated by the students.
The Advanced Learners program allows students, in grades 3 – 5, who did not meet the criteria for AG identification to receive pull-out enrichment services in the subject area for which they demonstrated a high level of achievement, at the 80th percentile or higher. Students participating in our Advanced Learner program will receive 90-minutes of weekly pull-out enrichment services from the AG teacher. Participation is limited to space availability in the pull-out enrichment class.
Maximizing Academic Potential (MAP):
The MAP program aims to improve the academic and critical thinking skills of students in grades 3 – 5. Students who were screened for AG services and did not meet the eligibility criteria; but, demonstrate high achievement in their local learning environment may be considered for MAP services. These students must have an aptitude score and an achievement score that are both at the 70th percentile or higher. In our MAP program, the AG teacher provides 45-minute weekly sessions. Students receiving MAP services are entered in the AG Database and included in all district reports regarding talent development services provided by the AG Department.
To provide consistency with the K – 2 Talent Development program, the grade 3 MAP program uses the Primary Education Thinking Skills (PETS) curriculum. The PETS curriculum addresses the following thinking skills, which also improve overall academic performance: convergent thinking; divergent thinking, visual thinking, and evaluative thinking.
At grade 4, the MAP program continues to help students build their thinking skills. Students participate in hands-on activities that further development the verbal, non-verbal, figural, and qualitative reasoning skills as well as problem-solving abilities typically assessed on aptitude measures such as the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT2) and Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT).
At grade 5, the focus on the MAP program is to provide creative exploration into core subjects using integrated lessons. The grade 5 MAP program provides the critical thinking and academic skills needed to increase AG identification as these students transition to middle school.