Frequently Asked Questions about the P-CCS Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program
What is the TAG Program?
How is the TAG classroom different from a same-grade classroom at the home school?
Middle school TAG students pick up a bus in their neighborhood and are transported to their home middle school where they will board another bus to transport them to East Middle School. Likewise, students will be transported back to their home school to board a bus back to their neighborhood each afternoon. Currently, the district is looking at other options for more efficient middle school transportation for the next school year.
How many seats are available in each grade level?
Current third grade students will move up to fourth grade, fourth to fifth and so forth. In general, there is between 90 and 120 seats available in 3rd grade each year. Openings in grades 4-8 vary each year based on grade level capacity. Placement into 4th through 8th grade are usually offered at the end of the school year when the TAG office receives word of a student leaving the program.
All P-CCS, 2nd grade students who scored in the eightieth percentile or higher on the fall or winter NWEA MAP in Reading and Math will take a nonverbal gifted aptitude test in February. A nomination form for these students is not required. Students who do not meet the eightieth percentile threshold on the MAP test must be nominated by a parent to be eligible to take the gifted aptitude test in February.
- All P-CCS, 3rd grade students who scored in the ninetieth percentile or higher on the fall or winter NWEA in Reading or Math will take the NWEA MAP Reading and Math assessments in January or February. They will also take a nonverbal gifted aptitude test in February. A Nomination form for these students is not required.
- All P-CCS, 2nd– 7th grade students who are parent nominated, regardless of their fall NWEA scores, will take the NWEA MAP Reading and Math assessments in January or February. They will also take a nonverbal gifted aptitude test in February. A nomination form completed by a parent is required.
- Any 2nd – 7th grade non-PCCS students currently living in the district and nominated by a parent, will take the NWEA MAP Reading and Math assessments in February or March at the parent’s expense. They will also take a nonverbal gifted aptitude test in February or March at the parent’s expense. The total cost for both assessments is $35.00. Checks made payable to P-CCS should be mailed to the TAG office at Gallimore Elementary School BEFORE testing begins. Please write your student's name in the memo section of the check to receive proper credit. A nomination form completed by a parent is required.
1. Parents of P-CCS students and all private/charter school students requiring a nomination form as explained above must complete the online nomination form and submit it no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017. The online form will be accessible from the TAG website when the nomination window opens. (Nominations are now closed)
Parents must provide an e-mail that is checked regularly as this will be the primary means of communication for scheduling as well as any updates during the screening process. If you do not have access to a computer for the completion of the online nomination form, please contact the TAG office at 734-455-7540 to make other arrangements prior to December 15, 2017.
2. Nominated P-CCS students are screened for program eligibility on the basis of current scores (no older than one year) on the NWEA MAP Math and Reading tests and the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT). All students will be scheduled to take these tests during the test window of January 15 through March 16, 2018. The P-CCS TAG Program accepts no alternate test scores.
3. P-CCS second through fifth graders will take all tests in their home school. All other nominated students will take these tests at a time and location determined by the TAG department. This includes nominated P-CCS students in grades 6-7 and all students who live in the district but do not attend a Plymouth-Canton Community School. The tests take approximately four hours and will be administered over the course of two or three school days. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide transportation to and from the test location(s) for their child. The specific dates, times, and locations of testing for all students will be advised via e-mail and posted on the TAG website in January, 2018.
There is a $35.00 non-refundable testing fee for applicants who do not attend a P-CCS School but instead attend a private/charter school or who are home-schooled. Please make your check payable to P-CCS and send it to the attention of the TAG Office at Gallimore Elementary School, 8375 N. Sheldon Road, Canton, Michigan 48187 no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017 to ensure a testing spot for your student. Please write the student's name in the memo section of the check.
- Student assessment data should come from multiple sources.
- Both ability and achievement measures should be considered.
- Although students may have the cognitive resources for outstanding achievement in school, not all of them use their resources effectively in the classroom. Students who show promise for outstanding academic achievement also differ from their typical age peers in a number of non-cognitive attributes, such as motivation, curiosity, persistence, independence, and the nature and depth of their interests.
- Admission criteria should provide for the best possible match between the students’ abilities and the demands of the program.
The NWEA MAP Reading and Math tests are used as an initial screener of students testing for the program. The results of the NNAT2 test are used to determine eligibility into the program. This selection criteria is based on recommendations made by a TAG Study Group in 2016-2017. The Plymouth-Canton Community School District works very hard to make selection of students as equitable and fair as possible. Students are compared on the basis of current scores on the same tests, and qualitative measures of current academic performance. (Scores on other tests are not accepted.) The selection process does NOT consider school of origin, ethnicity or gender when identifying students for the program.
What is the policy regarding students transferring into the district who were enrolled in a gifted program in the prior district?
When a student, actively involved in a Gifted and Talented Program in another district, moves to the PCCS District, the following process for entrance into the PCCS Gifted and Talented Program should apply:
- Parents should request that student records, which indicate the qualifying test(s) administered from the previous district’s Talented and Gifted Office, be sent to the P-CCS TAG Office.
- The PCCS TAG Office will compare the tests and scores with the specific tests and qualifying scores required for entrance into the P-CCS TAG Program. Note: Scores provided must be no older than one year.
- If the scores qualify and classroom placements are available, the student will be invited into the P-CCS TAG Program.
- Should there be a waiting list for the student’s specific grade level, the student takes the appropriate place on the list.
- If the tests administered do not align with P-CCS tests or the scores do not qualify, parents are encouraged to nominate their student to take the qualifying tests during the following school year with the P-CCS student population.
How can we be sure the TAG Program is right for our child?