Talented and Gifted Performance Standards


Referral and Testing Process


The Fulton County School System screens students for eligibility for gifted students twice a year.

I. Automatic Screening:

At the beginning of the school year, TAG teachers review previous year's test scores.

  • Standardized Tests: Students must have a minimum of an 85th percentile and a 90th percentile in two of the three areas: Total Reading, Total Math, and Complete Battery.
  • Criterion-Referenced Competency Test: Students must score in the top 20 percent on the reading or mathematics section when compared to all other students in the system.

II. Classroom Screening:

Local schools select a two-week period to review ALL students in their school. Classroom teachers use the "Characteristics Instrument for Screening Students (CISS)" to identify students with superior abilities in five or more of the following areas: motivation, interests, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, memory, inquiry, insight, reasoning, creativity, and humor. Parents may request to view their child's screening results.



Students who meet either the automatic screening OR classroom screening criteria AND who have supporting data gathered from test history, products, and/or advanced content levels are REFERRED for gifted placement testing. Once referred to testing: Parents receive the "Parent Notification for Testing Consent Form", student is tested for the gifted program, parents receive results (usually in 6-8 school weeks). If state eligibility is determined, students are placed in the TAG program.


Elementary School


What do we study in TAG?

TAG units are based on the Fulton County Learning Objectives: Advanced Research, Creative Thinking/Problem-Solving, Critical Thinking, Advanced Communication Skills. We will do three units a year, each lasting about 11 weeks. The units are designed by Fulton County TAG teachers to extend the science and social studies curriculums and reinforce the QCC/GPS objectives of the regular education program.

How are TAG students assessed?

TAG students will received Progress Skills Checklists from their TAG teacher three times a year. They will be sent home at the completion of each unit (Nov., Feb., May). Students do not receive grades in TAG, but are assessed with S(satisfactory), N(needs improvement), or NE(not evaluated) for their progress on the learning objectives. Assessments are based on teacher observation of students' class participation, students' writings in Learner's Log, teacher observation of students' contribution to team activities, and assessed papers in work folders. Parent conferences will be held at the end of the year to confirm continued placement in the program.


Middle School


Gifted services in the middle school extend the middle school curriculum and take into consideration the academic, social, and emotional growth of the student. TAG classes are part of the student's daily schedule. Middle school class size is limited to 26 students. Grades are earned in the content area(s). Middle school students receive gifted services in one to four advanced core content classes. Gifted students are placed in advanced content courses on the basis on achievement scores, past academic performance, and teacher recommendation. In addition to eligibility requirements, students must also meet placement criteria: "B" average or better for previous school year in the content area, test scores within the past two years at or above the 90th percentile. Math placement is determined by the general education teacher based upon system guidelines.


For more complete information, please visit Fulton County Schools TAG Department