TAG Testing Spring 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

Your child may be eligible for our Talented and Gifted Program (TAG), which offers additional enrichment opportunities for students who demonstrate giftedness! Your child has been referred to the TAG Eligibility Team for further evaluation.

 

We have mailed a copy of the consent to test form to your home, and we have emailed an electronic copy to you. We cannot evaluate your child until we receive your consent.

Please complete and sign the form and return to Christine Pekatos, TAG Coordinator, in room D106H by Wednesday, March 24.  

These are our projected testing dates, but there could be some changes based on the number of students to test. All testing will start promptly at 8:20

 

  • Freshmen – Tuesday, March 30. (This is a special event; students will not miss class).

  • Sophomores – Tuesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 22 during study hall and 2nd period.

  • Juniors – Thursday, April 1. Students will miss study hall and 2nd period.

 

The appropriate tests to give each child are determined on a case-by-case basis in order to give each individual child as many opportunities as possible to demonstrate their strengths. Most students will be taking the CoGAT Mental Ability test and the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking.

 

These are not tests that a student can prepare for by studying. The best preparation is a good night of sleep, breakfast, and encouragement. Please remember that the tests do not determine anything other than whether a student needs different kinds of experiences in school.

 

As soon as all tests have been scored you will be notified of the results. This process normally takes 4-6 weeks after testing is completed. Students who are found eligible will receive gifted services starting Fall Semester 2021. Thank you in advance for your patience. You can learn more about the TAG program in general at www.NorthSpringsTAG.com.

 

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Christine Pekatos via email at pekatos@fultonschools.org or via text at (678)348-0414.

Sincerely,

 

The TAG Eligibility Team

North Springs High School ï Fulton County Schools
7447 Roswell Road N.E. ï Sandy Springs, GA 30328 | 470-254-2490 ph

PARENT FAQs ABOUT TESTING PROCESS

The Talented and Gifted (TAG) program in the Fulton County School System provides enriching
experiences for the intellectually advanced and exceptionally creative student. Gifted services are
available in all Fulton County schools for students in kindergarten through grade 12.


For any child who is referred for gifted testing, Fulton County Schools is required to gather information in the following areas: Mental Ability, Creativity, Achievement, and Motivation The instruments selected for each area meet the guidelines of Georgia Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.38.


What testing instruments may be used to determine if my child is eligible for TAG?
The local school’s TAG Eligibility Team uses a child’s grade level, former testing experiences, and current classroom performance to determine exactly which testing instruments will be used. The use of certain instruments requires parental consent before the instruments are administered. During the testing process, the TAG Eligibility Team may request your consent to administer one or more of the following instruments: Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT), Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT), and/or Stanford Achievement Test (STAT-10).
Each specific test is only administered once every two years.


What is the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)?
The CogAT is a group-administered mental ability test, typically referred to as an IQ test. The test has three batteries: Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. The Verbal Battery appraises the child’s verbal inductive and deductive reasoning skills as well as flexibility, fluency, and adaptability in working with verbal materials and solving verbal problems. The Quantitative Battery appraises high-level problem solving with quantitative symbols and concepts. The Nonverbal Battery appraises general inductive reasoning skills in using and adapting cognitive strategies. This battery contains the most novel problems and uses only geometric shapes and figures. The battery requires no reading and no outside fund of knowledge.


The CogAT is administered in three sections, each lasting approximately 30 minutes. The resulting score for each battery is reported to parents as a national percentile ranking in the Mental Ability section on the TAG Eligibility Report. The national percentile ranking allows you to compare your child’s results to others of the same age across the nation. The typical child will score around the 50th percentile while a 96th percentile is the qualifying score for the mental ability category. The
CogAT is only administered once every two years.


What is the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT)?
The NNAT is a group-administered mental ability test that only measures nonverbal abilities. It is similar to, but more indepth, than the Nonverbal battery of the CogAT. It consists of four sub-tests that require students to complete patterns, sequences, and analogies as well as combine two or more geometric designs. The battery requires no reading and no outside fund of knowledge. The NNAT is administered in one 45-minute session. The resulting score is reported as a national percentile  ranking to parents in the Mental Ability section on the TAG Eligibility Report. The 96th percentile is the qualifying score. The NNAT is only administered once every two years.


What is the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT)?
The TTCT requires responses that are mainly drawing or pictorial in nature. However, it does not measure artistic talent nor is artistic talent required to do well on the instrument. The TTCT requires students to use their imagination, solve problems, think of new ideas, and elaborate on their ideas.
Talented and Gifted Testing Process (Grades 6-12). The TTCT is administered in one 45-minute session. The resulting score is reported as a national percentile ranking to parents in the Creativity section on the TAG Eligibility Report. The 90th percentile is the qualifying score. The TTCT is only administered once every two years.


What are the IOWA Assessments?
The IOWA Assessments are evidence-based, psychometrically sound assessments that measure student achievement and growth against next generation learning standards for Grades K-12. Based upon demonstrated academic strengths, students will take either the reading or mathematics battery. The IOWA Assessments measure concepts and skills typically taught at the grade level of the child.
The IOWA Assessments are administered in two sessions that are each slightly longer than an hour, one session for reading achievement and one for math. The resulting score is reported as a national percentile ranking to parents in the Achievement section on the Eligibility Report. The 90th percentile is the qualifying score for gifted services. The IOWA Assessments are only administered once every two years and only as needed based upon students’ past testing history and grades.


How are class grades used for TAG eligibility?
Class grades are considered in both the Achievement and Motivation sections. However, a grade used in one section cannot be used in the other section.


In the area of Achievement, the qualifying score for middle school students is a cumulative average of 90 or greater on a scale of 1-100 in an advanced or accelerated core academic course. The qualifying score for high school students is a cumulative average of 85 or greater on a scale of 1-100 in an honors, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate course.


In the area of Motivation, the qualifying score for middle school students is a cumulative average of 90 or greater on a scale of 1-100 in an advanced or accelerated core academic course. The qualifying score for high school students is a cumulative average of 85 or greater on a scale of 1-100 in an honors, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate course. In addition, for students in grades 8-12, a qualifying score is a cumulative average of 85 or greater on a scale of 1-100 over the last two years in core content courses.


Is any other data gathered for possible TAG eligibility?
For all grade levels, an individual first place or win in a district level academic competition can be used in either the Creativity or Motivation section. This would include competitions such as the Fulton County spelling bee, technology fair, science fair, etc. The win must be based on individual work, not as part of a team. A competition win used in one section cannot be used in the other section.


For high school students, a score of 90th percentile or greater on the SAT or PSAT can be used in the area of Achievement.


Why is my child only being recommended for some instruments and not all of them?
The TAG Eligibility Team will only one test for each category: Mental Ability, Creativity, Achievement. Based upon previous testing experiences and/or classroom performance, some students may already have information in their permanent record that can be used in one or more categories. Students will not be tested unnecessarily. The TAG Eligibility Team has more than one option of instruments for some categories. The team will use all pertinent data about the student to select the best instrument. The team will not exhaust all of its options in each category during this referral process. If a student is found ineligible now, he or she needs additional time to mature before being referred again for TAG testing.


How can I help my child prepare for these instruments?
Preparation for any of these instruments cannot be done within a short period of time. Knowledge or skills needed are developed as a result of all school and life experiences. It is best for you to ensure that your student is well rested and has a nutritious breakfast for each day of school.