Placement in the TAG program involves a two-step process: first screening, followed by eligibility assessment. If a student is identified through screening as a possible candidate, they are referred for gifted testing, with parental consent, to determine TAG eligibility.
In Fulton County students are screened for eligibility for gifted services twice a year. TAG teachers use Fulton County’s Screening and Referral Process to complete the screening. At the beginning of the school year there is an automatic screening for all students which involves a review of the previous year’s test scores. In the fall or winter the second screening is done by classroom teachers using the Characteristics Instrument for Screening Students (CISS). Students identified in five or more categories on the CISS are referred to the Multiple Criteria Team for possible testing. Once identified for testing, parents will receive a testing consent form. Testing begins after parental approval. (CISS form linked here)
Once testing is completed, a student must qualify according to the procedures specified in Fulton County’s Eligibility Rule. If a student meets the eligibility guidelines specified in the Eligibility Rule, a parent/teacher conference is scheduled to determine placement in the TAG program.
Once placement is complete, TAG students must maintain an average of 80% in a TAG class in order to avoid being placed on TAG probation. Should this occur, the parent will be notified via the TAG Probation Letter which further explains this procedure. Please click here to view a copy of the Probation Letter.