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Questions
1)  How can a child be placed in AIG classes?
2)  What can I do to prepare my child for the aptitude test?
3)  If my child does not qualify for services at the time of screening, will he/she ever have another chance?
4)  If my child was receiving gifted services in another school district, does that mean he/she will automatically continue those services in Davidson County?
5)  At the elementary level, will my child only receive services from the AIG teacher?
6)  Is there something my child must do once he/she has been identified to continue to receive services year after year?
7)  Why is the program service delivery model in middle school different from the elementary school model?
8)  If I remove my child from AIG services and decide later I want him/her to receive those services, what must I do?
 
Answers
1)  Q How can a child be placed in AIG classes?
A
Students qualify for AIG services based on criteria established by the Davidson County Schools Board of Education. Multiple criteria are used in this decision-making: EOG scores, aptitude scores, grades, outstanding work samples, and strong teacher referral, which is done through a checklist and a narrative. The local school AIG team reviews all the criteria and determines which students are exhibiting a need for differentiation beyond the regular classroom assignments. Based on the student’s level of need, a plan for student services is developed. During the second semester of the third grade, all students in Davidson County Schools are given an aptitude test which is used as part of this screening/ identification process.
2)  Q What can I do to prepare my child for the aptitude test?
A
You can make sure your child gets a good night’s rest, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives at school on time. No other preparation is necessary.
3)  Q If my child does not qualify for services at the time of screening, will he/she ever have another chance?
A
If a student does not exhibit a need for differentiation at the time of initial screening, he/she is not excluded from future consideration. The school AIG team reviews outstanding student work samples and can “wait and watch” for a student to indicate a need for differentiation during the next school year. If the student’s work and other criteria indicate a possible need the next school year, the team can decide to do further testing. If those results are similar to the first, no future testing would take place. In addition, the AIG team can review test results from a private psychologist, if available.
4)  Q If my child was receiving gifted services in another school district, does that mean he/she will automatically continue those services in Davidson County?
A
No. Each system has developed a plan which provides criteria for screening, identification, and services for their students who exhibit a need for differentiation. Should a student transfer to Davidson County Schools, the local team will review data to decide if further screening is necessary. To qualify for AIG services in DCS, a student must meet or exceed our minimum criteria on all standardized tests and meet or exceed our criteria. Placement in AIG services is for the balance of that school year. If the student’s work meets expectations, then he/she may continue receiving services.
5)  Q At the elementary level, will my child only receive services from the AIG teacher?
A
The differentiated services can be provided by both the classroom teacher and/or the AIG resource teacher.
6)  Q Is there something my child must do once he/she has been identified to continue to receive services year after year?
A
Each student must take responsibility for his/her own learning. With this in mind, the local AIG team reviews the progress and performance of each student receiving AIG services. The Davidson County Board passed an annual review policy which states a student should maintain a 90+ average each grading period in the subjects where he/she is identified. If he/she does not, he/she is placed on a contract for the next grading period. If two or more contracts are required throughout the year and/or the student drops below a Level 4 on the EOG, he/she would be a possible candidate for a reduction in service. The AIG team would review work samples, review grades and EOG scores, and confer with parents. They could decide to continue placement as is, reduce the level of service, or discontinue service.
7)  Q Why is the program service delivery model in middle school different from the elementary school model?
A
The middle school concept is different from the elementary structure. That requires different scheduling and class compositions. At the middle school level, students are in the advanced classes for which they have demonstrated a need for challenge. They receive this differentiated instruction from their subject area teacher, and there is no AIG resource pullout option
8)  Q If I remove my child from AIG services and decide later I want him/her to receive those services, what must I do?
A
You can request the school AIG team members to review your child’s performance. They will use the multiple criteria that governs initial placement of the student in the AIG program. If your child demonstrates a need for differentiation under this criteria, the team can provide these services. If at the time of review your child does not meet the criteria, he/she will not receive services. A student may however be placed on a “wait and watch” for future consideration.