Third Grade Explorers
The AIG teacher works in partnership with all third grade teachers to provide a variety of in-class experiences in language arts and mathematics designed to elicit high academic performance. All third grade students participate in whole class experiences. As the year progresses, students who demonstrate potential in these in-class experiences receive advanced and enriched learning opportunities. Student groups remain flexible and fluid throughout the school year to allow students with varying strengths and gifts to benefit from higher level instruction from a gifted specialist. This also provides the opportunity for the AIG teacher to develop work samples demonstrating higher-order and problem solving skills. This can be used as part of the student’s portfolio to support the need for AIG identification. Participation in Explorers does not guarantee identification in the WCPSS AIG Program.
In the Wake County Public School System, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is administered to all students in third grade. The CogAT measures general thinking and problem-solving skills and indicates how well the student uses these skills to solve verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal problems.
The Iowa Assessments (Iowa) consists of a number of educational achievement subtests designed to measure growth in fundamental areas of school achievement including reading comprehension and mathematics.