TAG Selection Process

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TAG Screening Process | Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

Each November the TAG office opens student nominations from parents of public and private school students currently in grades 2-7 for placement in the district's Talented and Gifted Program (TAG) for the following school year. All students who reside within the P-CCS district boundaries and who will be in the third through the eighth grade in the fall of 2018 are eligible to be tested for admission to this program. 

Guidelines for Selection Process

In identifying and selecting students for programs for the academically gifted, both the national standards for gifted education and current professional researchers agree on the following guidelines:

  1. Student assessment data should come from multiple sources.
  2. Both ability and achievement measures should be considered.
  3. 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.
  4. Admission criteria should provide for the best possible match between the students’ abilities and the demands of the program.

The P-CCS TAG selection process adheres to these guidelines. Students are selected based on three different standardized test scores. These quantitative measures assess both student ability (aptitude) and achievement.

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.

TAG Testing Procedures

NWEA MAP Math and Reading Assessments and NNAT Gifted Aptitude Test
Screening for the TAG Program is now a single phase process. Students are screened on the basis of their scores on the NWEA MAP Math and Reading Assessments and a standardized non-verbal gifted aptitude test (NNAT). The TAG Program requires current scores (no older than one year) on these two tests from all applicants. (No other test scores will be accepted.)

Nominated P-CCS second through fifth graders usually take all three tests in their home school,however there may be an alternate location required if astudent is absent on the day(s) testing is administered in his/her elementary building. 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 exact dates, times, and locations for all students will be advised via e-mail in late January and will be posted on the TAG website. There is a $35.00 non-refundable test fee for applicants who do not attend a P-CCS school but instead attend a private or charter school or are home schooled. Please make checks payable to "PCCS" and mail it to Gallimore Elementary School, attention TAG office 8375 N. Sheldon Rd, Canton, MI 48187.

The results of the NWEA MAP Math and Reading and gifted aptitude tests are reviewed in the district in mid to late April. The TAG office uses these test scores to identify students eligible for placement in the TAG program.