Trumbull's Academically Gifted

TAG Teacher

Tammy Jacobellis

Trumbull's Academically Gifted (TAG) Program

Consistent with Connecticut General Statutes §10-76a, Trumbull's Academically Gifted Program (TAG) identifies and services the top 5% of those fourth-grade and fifth-grade students in the District identified at the end of their third-grade year as having “extraordinary learning ability.” The mission of the TAG Program is "to address the intellectual and social needs of the identified and academically gifted students, to provide the identified students with learning opportunities to explore and expand their knowledge base to further develop their talents, and to provide relevant parent education and awareness for a comprehensive educational experience."

To identify those children, the District employs the following steps in sequential order in the spring of the third-grade year. The steps balance standardized measurements of abstract thinking and reasoning ability (e.g., the OLSAT) with district measurements of learning achievement (e.g., the DRP, the mathematics assessments) and classroom teacher ratings based on published metrics for identifying gifted students.

  1. Students who have received a 130 or higher as a subscore on either the Verbal or the Non-Verbal section of the OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test) given in January of the third-grade year are selected for further analysis. (If this criterion does not generate at least 5% of the District’s third-grade population, a score of 125 or higher on either section will be used.)
  2. For each student meeting the criterion of Step (1), the following verbal and non-verbal assessment data points are combined according to the percentages indicated below.
    • OLSAT Verbal total subscore: 35%
    • OLSAT Non-Verbal total subscore: 35%
    • Third-grade end-of-year DRP (Degrees of Reading Power) total score: 12.5%
    • Third-grade mathematics Trimester 1, 2, & 3 assessments total score average: 12.5%
    • Third-grade classroom teacher total rating on Scales for Rating the Behavioral Characteristics of Superior Students: 5%
  3. Consistent with State regulations, a District team of "certified and/or licensed professionals, who represent each of the teaching, administrative and pupil personnel staffs," will review the data to certify the top five per cent of students, who will then be those eligible to participate in Trumbull's Academically Gifted (TAG) Program. Parents of eligible students will be notified in August, prior to the beginning of the school year, of the planning and placement team process.

On occasion, a student enters the District in grade 3, 4, or 5 subsequent to the administration of the data points referenced above. If a parent of a student in such a situation believes that his/her child may be qualified for TAG, he/she should contact the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessments.

Trumbull's Enrichment Program

Within each elementary school, the TAG specialists also service the top 15% of students, excluding those who are already serviced within the TAG Program. The Enrichment program provides students the opportunity to broaden their academic experiences through extensions of the reading, writing, mathematics, and science programs via a STEM-based instructional approach.

To identify those children, the District employs the following steps in sequential order in the spring of the third-grade year to identify students for grade 4 enrichment, and then again in the spring of the fourth-grade year to identify students for grade 5 enrichment. The steps balance standardized measurements of abstract thinking and reasoning ability (e.g., the OLSAT) with district measurements of learning achievement (e.g., the DRP, the mathematics assessments).

  1. Students who have met Criterion 1 for TAG identification (having received a 130 or higher as a subscore on either the Verbal or the Non-Verbal section of the OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test) given in January of the third-grade year) but who were not within the top 5% of the grade-level District population, are selected for further analysis. (If this criterion did not generate at least 5% of the District’s third-grade population, a score of 125 or higher on either section will be used.)
  2. For each student meeting the criterion of Step (1), the following verbal and non-verbal assessment data points are combined according to the percentages indicated below.
    • OLSAT Verbal total subscore: 35%
    • OLSAT Non-Verbal total subscore: 35%
    • Third-grade (or fourth-grade) end-of-year DRP (Degrees of Reading Power) total score: 15%
    • Third-grade(or fourth-grade) mathematics Trimester 1, 2, & 3 assessments total score average: 15%
  3. The top 15% of students in each elementary school, excluding those already serviced through the TAG Program, are thus identified as eligible to participate in Trumbull's Enrichment Program. (If Steps (1) and (2) did not generate at least 15% of each school's third-grade (or fourth-grade) population, then the OLSAT 130/125 subscore filter of Step (1) will be reduced, in additional 5-point intervals, and the process regenerated, until the 15% threshold is achieved.) Parents of eligible students will be notified in August, prior to the beginning of the school year.

On occasion, a student enters the District in grade 3, 4, or 5 subsequent to the administration of the data points referenced above. If a parent of a student in such a situation believes that his/her child may be qualified for Enrichment, he/she should contact the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessments.