Moore County's AIG FAQs page


FAQs Related to Identification


Q: What tests and scores are needed to qualify for services?

A: Please see the Multiple Pathways section under the AIG Placement and Services tab of a description of the testing and scores used in identification. 


Q: How do I start the process?

A: You can download the Parent/Guardian Referral packet from the AIG Placement and Services page under “Referrals” or you can ask you school’s AIG Teacher for a copy.


Q: What will students be working on once they are identified? 

A: Moore County School’s Gifted Standards are used to guide AIG curriculum at all grade levels. The MCS Gifted Education standards can be located on the AIG Resources page. 


Q: Can a student be twice-exceptional? 

A: Yes.  According to the National Association for Gifted Education, “the term “twice-exceptional,” also referred to as “2e,” is used to describe gifted children who have the characteristics of gifted students with the potential for high achievement and give evidence of one or more disabilities as defined by federal or state eligibility criteria.”  Additional information can be found at the NAGC website.


Q: How many tests will my student have to take? How many chances will they get?

A: Students may take up to two ability tests and one achievement test with the AIG Teacher during a testing window. 


Q: How long does the process take from start to finish?

A: It depends on when students are referred or screened.  MCS has three established screening and testing windows; one in the fall, one in winter and one in the spring.  Once a testing window has begun, students who are referred or screened may have to wait until the next open testing window.  The process can take up to 6-9 weeks from initial screening/referral to completed testing. Testing can take 4-6 hours depending on the tests given, student availability, AIG teacher availability and the age of the student.


Q: If my child doesn’t qualify, will they have another chance to test?

A: Yes. Students get another chance to test, but there is an 18 month waiting period. 


Q: Why is there an 18 month waiting period before they can test again?

A: The 18 month waiting period allows time for the student to develop and mature; socially, emotionally and academically. In addition, this 18 month window ensures the best opportunity for valid and reliable results if the students is reassessed for AIG identification and services in the future.


Q: Does the district accept outside testing?

A: Families may wish to pursue private testing through a licensed psychologist. Parents who elect to pursue evaluation through the services of a private source do so at their own expense.

Parents should consult with the Specialist for Advanced Studies prior to private testing to determine which tests may be accepted by Moore County Schools.


Q: If I refer my child, is testing guaranteed?

A: No, however the Gifted and Talented Review Team does everything possible to satisfy parent/guardian referrals. 


Q: What is the difference between academically gifted and intellectually gifted?

A: Academically gifted students perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment in a specific subject area or areas when compared with others of their age, experience or environment.  Intellectually gifted students are those who perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience or environment; however, their achievements are not tied to a specific content area.


Q: Once my child is identified as gifted, can they be un-identified?

A: Moore County Schools does not reassess students once they have been identified. However,  parents can request, in writing, for their child to be removed from the program. 


Q: What can I do at home to grow my gifted child?

A: Parents can grow their gifted children in a variety of ways at home. There are many linked resources for parents on the AIG Resources page of the Advanced Studies website. 


FAQs Related to Services


Q: What do students work on when they are identified as AIG?

A: Moore County School’s Gifted Standards are used to guide AIG curriculum at all grade levels. The MCS Gifted Education standards can be located on the AIG Resources page.  The standards revolve around the areas of advanced communication and research skills, creative thinking and creative problem solving, higher order critical thinking skills, personal development and interpersonal relationships and application of knowledge.


Q: What is a Differentiated Education Plan (DEP)? An Individualized Differentiated Education Plan (IDEP)?

A: A Differentiated Education Plan is a document developed with the AIG Teacher and Parent/Guardian that reflects the need for the student to receive services beyond what is typically provided in school.  An Individualized Differentiated Education Plan is a monitored goal-setting document designed for AIG students who may need additional support to achieve success. IDEPs are most typically developed for students who are grade or subject advanced and those utilizing consultative services.


Q: How often is the DEP/IDEP reviewed with parents and students?

A: A DEP should be reviewed with parents/guardians annually.  This is to ensure there is still an appropriate match between the student’s needs and the services provided.


Q: What services are provided for children identified as gifted?

A: A description of the different services provided by MCS is located on the Advanced Studies section of the MCS website under the Placement and Services page.  Recommended grade bands and identification areas can be found in the description of each service type.


Q: What does “push-in” mean? What does “pull-out” mean?

A: The terms push-in and pull-out used to refer to the type of services students received.  Pull-out was formerly called AIG Resource. Students who were pulled-out left the regular classroom to work in a small group with the AIG Teacher weekly.  Students who received push-in services were supported when the AIG teacher would come in to the regular classroom. We no longer use these terms to describe our services.  These terms only indicate location, not services being provided.


Q: What is the difference between talent development and services?

A: Talent Development is available in grades K-8 for students who are not formally identified as gifted but have demonstrated a need for extension and/or enrichment of the regular curriculum provided in the classroom. Students identified for Talent Development work with the AIG teacher to develop talents and gifted characteristics before consideration for formal identification.

Services are the menu of opportunities provided for students who have been formally identified as gifted in MCS.


Q: When will my child receive their services?

A: Identified students receive 45 minutes of direct services with the AIG teacher weekly.  Students in grades K-5 typically receive services during the school intervention block. Students in grades 6-8 may receive services during Encore or in the regular classroom depending on the schedule of the AIG teacher.  Students in grades 9-12 self-select advanced academic opportunities through Honors, Advanced Placement and Sandhills Community College courses. Additional advocacy opportunity vary by school.


Q: What extra-curricular options are offered at each grade level?

A: Extra-curricular options vary by school.  Contact your school AIG teacher or your child’s classroom teacher to discuss what may be offered at your school.


Q: What outside organizations should parents of gifted students be aware of?

A: For a list of useful resources and organization for parents of gifted students, please see the AIG Resources page on the MCS Advanced Studies website.


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