• Private/Home School Testing Application

    THE APPLICATION WINDOW IS NOW CLOSED.  APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON NOVEMBER 5, 2018.

    TAG SCREENING INFORMATION FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL/HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS

     

    TAG SCREENING IS FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 1 - 7 WHO RESIDE IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

    AND ATTEND A PRIVATE SCHOOL OR ARE REGISTERED AS HOMESCHOOLED.


    • The application for Prince George’s County private and homeschooled children requesting PGCPS TAG Testing will be available November 5, 2018, on this page.  Please download and complete.

    • Students who were tested in SY 2017-2018 are NOT eligible for testing again this year, as the test data is valid for two years.

    • Students who have been previously TAG identified in PGCPS need not be tested again.  Prior identification remains valid. Provide identification information on the application page.

    • All information requested in this PRIVATE/HOMESCHOOL STUDENT APPLICATION PACKET MUST be postmarked by January 11, 2019.  

    • PLEASE DO NOT FAX or SCAN APPLICATIONS OR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION.

    • LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    • Testing will be conducted by the TAG Office on Saturday, February 9, 2019, beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m.  

    • The testing session will at least 2 hours depending on grade levels, but could take longer.

    • In the event of a county-wide activities cancellation due to inclement weather, the testing date will be rescheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2019.

    • ALL APPLICANTS will receive an email receipt.

    • PLEASE DO NOT SEND SNACKS INTO THE TESTING ROOM WITH YOUR CHILDREN.

    • PARENTS MUST REMAIN ON SITE DURING TESTING.

    • Notification of the screening outcome should occur within three (3) weeks after testing. However, you may apply to the lottery any time between Jan. 4 and Mar. 12, while awaiting TAG screening results.


    Note: Parents of private or homeschool students who wish to have their child screened for TAG services with outside testing in lieu of PGCPS testing on February 9, 2018, should submit the standard private/homeschool school application by the January 11, 2018 deadline.  Include with your application, a cover letter indicating that you will be submitting outside testing data.


    Outside testing includes the following and must be submitted by February 9, 2019.

    • testing reports from a licensed educational psychologist;

    • standardized cognitive ability assessment (i.e. WISC-IV or CogAT) for all students in grades 1 - 7;

    • standardized math and reading achievement scores (i.e. Stanford, CTBS, or Woodcock-Johnson) for students in grades 3 - 7.  

     

    2018 - 2019 Dates 

    TAG Testing and Screening Timeline 
    For Private and Homeschool Students
     
    Current Prince George’s County residents (grades 1 – 7)
    attending a private or home school are eligible for TAG testing and screening. 

    Nov. 5

    Application for TAG testing/screening of private school students available.  

    First week of January

    For PGCPS Specialty Lottery Application, click here.

    Jan. 11

    TAG Testing and Screening for Private School Students Application is due via U.S. mail  by 5:00 pm.  Late applications cannot be accepted.

    Parents are encouraged to secure a student identification number from the boundary school and submit a Specialty Lottery application DURING the screening process.

     Only students that are TAG identified will receive possible placement via the lottery process.

    Feb. 9

    Private School/Homeschool TAG Testing (no walk ins) 8:30 – 12:30

    Parents/Guardians must stay on the premises during the testing.

    Feb. 14 - 21

    Parents will be notified via U.S. mail of the results of the TAG screening.

    March 12

    PGCPS Specialty Lottery Application Deadline 
    For application, click here.

    Students must be TAG identified by PGCPS and apply to the lottery by the deadline to be eligible to attend the TAG Center Program.  Placements are made based on home address.  Use School Finder to identify the program boundary school.

    Assessments Administered during PGCPS TAG Private/Homeschool Testing

    Grades

    Cognitive Ability Assessment

    Achievement

     Assessment

    1 and 2

    Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)

    Does not apply

    3 - 7

    Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)

    SCAT

    Reading and Math