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Proficiency and academically gifted students

N.C. defines academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) students as students who perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment compared with others of their age, experiences or environment. AIG students exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas and/ or specific academic fields. These students require differentiated educational services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular educational program.

The maps provide a glance of how AIG students across the state perform in math and reading in 3rd and 4th grades.  Both 3rd and 4th grade data is presented.  Clusters of 3rd grade AIG students appear in the statewide map around larger cities including Charlotte and the research triangle. This may be because schools in more urbanized areas more often identify AIG students in 3rd grade, whereas more rural districts begin to identify AIG students in 4th grade. However, this doesn’t appear to translate into significant differences in proficiency between urban and rural AIG students.

The default view of the map shows statewide AIG students proficient in Math. Notice these students are generally proficient and are clustered in highly urban areas. The 4th grade proficient AIG students form a crest that mirrors the I-85 corridor from Charlotte to Raleigh. This is also reflects the greater urbanization and population density along this corridor. There is also a cluster of proficient AIG students along the southern coast.

Take time to explore the map options. The second tab above the maps allows you to view data on AIG students by school district on an interactive map. The data in the map is also presented in a chart for you to see how AIG students performed by school in an individual school district. Clicking on a school in any map or the chart will highlight that school’s position in the other displays, if available. If data for that district at the 3rd or 4th  grade level is not available, those charts will become blank. Most of the state’s non-charter public schools are available but you won’t see all schools in any given map display.

For more information on the data, click on the ‘About the Data’ tab.

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