Talented and Gifted (TAG) Testing
TAG Referral Window is open November 12th through December 7th at 4pm.

TESTING DATES
Have not been announced

Information to help with your decision:

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I test my child?

Review the information in the packet or on the slideshow, discuss with your child's classroom teacher. Consider the maturity of your child. Test scores are valid for two years, so a child can only test every other year if he or she does not qualify.

Why is the testing so long?

Round Rock administers "at least three different" measures when evaluating students for identification. This is in accordance with the State Plan for Gifted and Talented Education. We administer both ability/aptitude tests and achievement tests. In addition to this, we use behavior scales and observations.

Can I have my child tested in a single subject?

No, the tests administered cover all subjects, but some of the tests give us an idea of where your child's strengths lie and how best to meet his or her needs. Students are then placed in subject areas in which they show aptitude.

When is the testing?

Testing will occur in January or early February. Your child will be pulled during the day and administered the various tests. It is not necessary to "prepare" your child or do any "practice tests."

What can I do to prepare my child for testing?

TAG testing is not something that can be prepared for. Instead, take the time to emphasize to your child that they have your love no matter what the tests say, and that the tests are not the end all of existence. Only approximately 20-30% of students tested qualify for TAG services in RRISD.

When will I find out the results?

Results will be delivered April 1, 2018. If you would like to review your child's test scores, you are welcome to contact the school and set up an appointment.

What if my child is identified for services?

Testing in January is for placement in the fall of 2018. Some modified services may start toward the end of the school year. Your child will be placed in a TAG Cluster Classroom in the fall.

What if my child is not identified for services?

You may contact the school and ask for a meeting to review the scores. Most of our teachers are trained in gifted education and are able to differentiate and modify instruction for advanced students. We pride ourselves on the ability to meet the needs of all our learners, regardless of any identifying labels.

How much homework will my child have in TAG?

It is not the quantity of the work, but rather the rigor. Round Rock ISD is an academically-based gifted program that attempts to challenge its students with more complex and creative thinking. TAG teachers are expected to address four objectives: Thinking Skills, Subject Matter Knowledge and Skills, Independent Study Skills, and Social Skills. There is sometimes an adjustment period when a child is first identified for TAG. He or she may be used to completing things quickly in class. We challenge each child where he or she needs it.

Will my child have to do classwork/homework from the homeroom as well as the TAG classroom?

The TAG classwork and homework replaces what is done in the regular classroom. Your child will be doing different activities and covering curriculum at a greater level of depth and complexity.

What if I want my child to "try it out for a few weeks" and then exit if it does not work?

This is not usually done as it can be traumatic for a child to be switched around from class to class. Once placed in a TAG class, we would expect that instruction to remain in place for at least a semester before making any changes.

What if I still have questions about TAG?

Please feel free to contact the TAG Teacher at:

Bethany Franco
bethany_franco@roundrockisd.org
512-704-1470