NC AIG Program Standards
The NC AIG Program Standards were initially approved by the State Board of Education on July 9, 2009. The NC AIG Program Standards are revised every three years to reflect the need for updates, technical corrections, or to clarify language. The most recent NC AIG Program Standards were approved as State Board of Education Policy on June 3, 2021, as the official guidelines for the development of local AIG plans. The new AIG Program Standards will play a critical role in the development of the local AIG programs and plans for 2022-2025.
The 2021 revised NC AIG Program Standards have been developed to serve as a statewide framework and guide LEAs to develop, coordinate, integrate NCDPI's Equity and Excellence Call to Action for Gifted Education, and implement thoughtful and comprehensive AIG programs. These standards reflect Article 9B (N.C.G.S. § 115C-150.5-.08) and nationally-accepted best practices in gifted education. Furthermore, the AIG Program Standards help ensure that the needs of AIG students are met and the potential of AIG students is optimally developed.
North Carolina has legislation that mandates identification and services of AIG students. This legislation was passed in 1996 and is entitled Article 9B, Academically or Intellectually Gifted Students (N.C.G.S. § 115C-150.05-.08). Article 9B provides a state definition for Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) students and requires local education agencies (LEA) to develop three-year AIG local plans with specific components, to be approved by local school boards and subsequently sent to the State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for review and comment. Article 9B is the current legislation mandating identification and services for gifted education K-12 in North Carolina.
In July 2019, Senate Bill 500, An Act to Amend Advanced Mathematics Course Enrollment became Session Law 2019-120.