Kenmoor TAG Program

Kenmoor Middle School

“We Care to Make a Difference in Every Child’s Life”

If you would like to visit our TAG program...

We welcome parents, educators, and community members who are interested in 
learning more about the TAG program at Kenmoor Middle School.  

Please contact Beth Novick, TAG Coordinator at 301-925-2300 or 
email bnovick@pgcps.org to schedule an appointment.  (email is most efficient)

Best days/times are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30am-11am.  
However, we can be flexible with a little advanced notice.  

Please, call or email to make arrangements. 

The Specialty Programs application is now available  http://specialty.pgcps.org/ 

Timeline of Events for TAG Enrollment at Kenmoor Middle School

Month

Action/Event – Responsible Person

January

Lottery application is released - PGCPS

February

Continuity opportunity letters (high school and elementary) are sent – PASB

Parents must sign and return letters and confirm current address - registrar

March

Tours for parents from continuity and lottery programs- TAG Coordinator

Enroll Middle School Students in appropriate high school programs - Counselors

April

Tours for parents from continuity and lottery programs- TAG Coordinator

Visits to GWES, HHES, and HPES – TAG Coordinator and Counselor

Continue High School Enrollment Process

May

Tours for parents from continuity and lottery programs- TAG Coordinator

Scheduling for incoming elementary/ outgoing middle school students - Counselors

Elementary Programs visit Kenmoor Middle School

June

Scheduling is complete for elementary and high school students – Counselor

July

Communicate with incoming families – TAG Coordinator and Registrar

Accept and register “Waitlisted Students”

August

All new students attend open-house and orientation

Accept and register “Waitlisted Students”

September

Placement is monitored and adjusted as need – 

 Counselor, Coordinator and Scheduler

Accept and register “Waitlisted Students”

October

TAG Information Night  - Share information about success in TAG program- Coordinator

High School Information Night – Coordinator and Counselors

Sign up for Sci/Tech Exam

November

Tours for parents from continuity programs- TAG Coordinator

Sign up for Sci/Tech Exam

December

Tours for parents from continuity programs- TAG Coordinator

Sci/Tech Exam



 

PGCPS TAG Identification Procedures 


As specified by the National Gifted Program Standards, the process of TAG identification is built on the use of multiple criteria designed to balance the objective (quantitative) and the subjective (qualitative) measures of giftedness. Furthermore, global aptitude testing of all grade 1 and all grade 3 students allows all students to have an opportunity to be nominated for the TAG program. There are multiple opportunities for TAG identification at different grade levels. 


Identification in Grades 3 Through 8 

According to the TAG Administrative Handbook guidelines, the second global ability testing through OLSAT is administered to all grade 3 students to identify any grade 3 students who could be additionally nominated for TAG screening. Similar to grade 1 and 2 procedures, there are three ways a student can be nominated: 

• A student may be nominated through a test nomination if the student’s score on OLSAT is above the 89th percentile. Another test score that can be used as a basis for nomination is the TerraNova Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) that is administered in grade 2. If both reading and mathematics subtest scores on TerraNova are higher than the 89th percentile, a student must be nominated for TAG screening. 

• A teacher may nominate a student based on observation using the Behavior Checklist scores for any student with an OLSAT score no lower than the 65th percentile.

• Parents too may nominate their children for TAG screening. The same conditions apply. 


For students in grade 4 and higher, all testing for TAG nomination is administered on an individual basis. As a rule, a student seeking TAG identification is administered an age appropriate version of OLSAT. (Administrative Handbook, p.25). In rare cases, when a high school student wants to be nominated for the TAG program, she or he will be administered a School College Ability Test (SCAT). 


With identification of students in grades 3 and higher, report card grades and achievement test scores are collected for a student’s nomination (Administrative Handbook, p.25). Any documentation available for the ELL students (ESOL) or special education students (IEP) is also taken into consideration. Decisions on identification are made by the school advisory committee and are submitted for approval to the TAG office. 


Selections for screening are based on the following two paths: 

Path one: A student is identified for the TAG program based on a total score of at least 26 points on ability testing and/or achievement testing as well as scores on the teacher checklist and report cards. 

Path two: Multiple conditions exist for identification for path two. With a total score of at least 19 points on the identification matrix, a student is identified for the TAG program 

• if his/her ability test scores are very high (95% to 99%) and 

• if both achievement test subtest scores are high (at least at the 89%) and a behavioral checklist has high scores (58 to 64 points), or 

• both ability test scores are high (at least at the 80 percentile) and a behavioral checklist has high scores (58 to 64 points), or 

• a students is ELL and is in ESOL, or 

• a student has a learning disability and has an IEP. 


In conclusion, the TAG identification process represents a complex, highly structured procedure. The nomination includes several components: an objective measure: (ability test or achievement test) to identify the initial pool of applicants, and a subjective measure based on the teacher’s observation of students’ classroom performance - teacher (or parent) Behavioral Checklist to evaluate a student’s learning ability, creativity, and task commitment. The procedure gives all students an opportunity to be nominated for theTAG program irrespective of their test taking ability. Report card grades are used as an additional measure of academic performance. Furthermore, students who enter the system at a later time are given an opportunity either to be identified for the TAG program later, or to have their previous out-of-system school identification results reviewed. 


Withdrawal from TAG 

Once a student is identified as TAG and is academically successful in elementary or middle school, he/she is not formally re-evaluated. However, some TAG students may experience academic or social difficulties in the program. Each year performance of such TAG students is discussed at the school instructional team meetings with the purpose of establishing an action plan. If a student has low grades and continues to be unsuccessful in the program, the school-based TAG advisory committee develops an Individual Student Academic Plan for the student. The plan becomes a formal step in the process of possible withdrawal from the TAG program. A student’s progress is periodically reviewed during the nine-week period. If the student continues to be unsuccessful, she or he will be withdrawn from the TAG program. In the past two years (2003-04 and 2004-05) fewer than eight students have been withdrawn from the TAG program using this procedure. TAG supervisor or specialist approves the plan and maintains all documentation. 

Annually, a number of parents or teachers submit a request for their TAG-identified child to be placed in a non participating status. Around five parents requested such status in 2004-05. A teacher may also request a non-participating status for a TAG student with an agreement with the parent. There have been no teacher requests for non-participation in the past two years. The TAG office maintains all non-participating student documentation. 



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 to make sure they become everything that they can. – Carol Tomlinson



 
 
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