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  • TAG Identification and Screening

    TAG Identification and Screening

     TAG Identification and Screening Overview

    The following protocols are used to identify PGCPS students for talented and gifted (TAG) services.

    Selection for TAG services is based on the assessment of a variety of objective and subjective factors which are aligned with the National Association of Gifted Children Exemplary Standards.   All test scores are valid for two years. The multiple criteria include:

    Universal Testing/Screening

    • All students are tested in grade 1 with a cognitive ability assessment. 
    • All students in grade 3 who are not already identified for TAG services will be tested with a cognitive ability assessment.
    • Test data is valid for two years.  PGCPS TAG Office DOES NOT retest students.

    New Registrant Testing/Screening 

    • Grade 2 - new registrants to PGCPS between July - October will be automatically tested with a cognitive ability assessment
    • Grade 4 - new registrants to PGCPS between July - October will be automatically tested with a cognitive ability assessment.
    • Grade 5 - new registrants to PGCPS between July - October will be automatically tested with a cognitive ability assessment.
    • Test data is valid for two years.  PGCPS TAG Office DOES NOT retest students with valid test on file.
    • NOTE: Students identified for gifted services in a different school district, must be screened him/her using PGCPS screening criteria.  Please contact the school TAG Coordinator and provide all the testing and screening data for PGCPS review.  Students may need to complete additional testing.

    Grades 5 - 7 Testing and Screening

    • Grade 5, 6 and 7 students may be retested with a new cognitive ability assessment if at least one of the reading or math achievement scores (PARCC, MAP-R, and MI) is within eligible range (above the 89th percentile).
    • Students would need to be nominated by a teacher or parent by contacting the school based TAG Coordinator between Sept. 5 - Jan. 15.

    Private or Home School Students 

    • PGCPS TAG Office provides testing and screening once a year for Prince George's County residents who are enrolled in private schools or are home schooled.
    • The application will be available from Nov. 1 - Jan. 10, 2020 HERE
    • Late applications are not accepted. 
    • Walk ins are not accepted.

    Multiple Criteria for TAG Identification

    • Cognitive ability assessment (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test)
    • Reading achievement assessment (PARCC district norm or MAP-R national percentile - grades 3 and up)
    • Math achievement assessment (PARCC district norm or Math nationally normed assessment percentile - grade 3 and up)
    • Characteristics and Behaviors of Gifted Learner Teacher Survey
    • Report card grades (math, science, social studies, and reading)

    Multiple Opportunities

    • All students in grades one and three are tested as the initial phase of the screening process
    • New registrants may also be tested in grades 2, and 4 through 7. 
    • Test scores are valid for two years and can be used to rescreen students based on teacher, parent, or self-nomination.
    • Grade 5, 6 and 7 students may be retested with a new cognitive ability assessment       if at least one of the reading or math achievement scores (PARCC, MAP-R, and MI) is within eligible range.

    Nominations

    • Test Nomination - all students scoring above the 81st percentile on the cognitive ability assessment are nominated to be screened by the school-based TAG Coordinator.
    • Parent Nomination – parents may nominate students to be screened for TAG services by notifying the school based TAG Coordinator in writing.  The parent nomination window is Sept. 5 – Jan. 15.
    • Teacher/Staff Nomination – teachers and school staff may nominate students to be       screened for TAG services by notifying the school based TAG Coordinator in writing.  The teacher nomination window is Sept. 5 – Nov. 15.
    • Self-nomination – a PGCPS student may nominate him/herself to be screened for TAG services by notifying the school based TAG Coordinator in writing. The student nomination window is Sept. 5 – Nov. 15.

    School Based TAG Committee Review

    • a team of school-based professional educators, lead by the TAG Coordinator,  will review and analyze all available data regarding placement recommendations and submit documentation to the TAG Office for review and final determination.

    Rescreens

    • Yearly TAG rescreens are initiated and monitored by the TAG Office.
    • Rescreening does not include retesting.

    Services

    • Students are identified for TAG services beginning the following academic year.
    • Parents/guardians may want to apply to the Specialty Program Lottery to possibly receive placement at a full-day TAG Center Program.  The Lottery application opens Jan. - March 15 each year. For more information go HERE.
    • Each elementary school provides TAG services to TAG identified students. For more information go HERE.
    • Secondary schools provide Honors courses, Advanced Placement courses, and a variety of Specialty Programs and Academics based on student interest and aptitude. Each program has different entrance requirements.

    To learn more about The Otis Lennon School Ability Assessment: