Talented and Gifted Education

Students identified as talented and gifted may be provided with the following learning options: accelerated instruction, flexible skill or ability grouping for a specific skill area, modified curricular content to match student skill, advanced placement, concurrent enrollment at the next higher level of school, and independent study.

TAG Information Night for Parents and Guardians coming February 20, 2018

Talented and Gifted Information Night

Where: Ava Helen Auditorium at Linus Pauling Middle School, 1111 NW Cleveland Avenue, please enter by main office
When: 6:40 pm Meet and Greet TAG Liaisons (staff) & TAG Advisory Committee Members (parents), presentation begins at 7 pm
What: Special Guest Speaker Paula Prober
Topic: Understanding the Rainforest Mind- The Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Children

Everyone is welcome, this event is geared towards parents of identified Talented and Gifted students. Child activity and supervision are available for students K through 5th grade.

Paula Prober, M.S., M.Ed. is a licensed counselor and consultant in private practice in Eugene, Oregon. For 30+ years she has been a teacher, consultant, adjunct instructor with the University of Oregon and a guest presenter at Pacific University and Oregon State University. Her book titled Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth was released in June 2016. She blogs about gifted adults and parenting gifted children at www.rainforestmind.com.

This is the second TAG information night this school year and is designed to provide basic information about TAG in our school district.

Students are identified as talented and gifted in the following areas:

  • Intellectually gifted
  • Academically talented in reading
  • Academically talented in math

Multiple measures are always used prior to any formal TAG identification.  Behavioral, learning and/or performance information can be used in the identification process, including:

  • Scores of 97th percentile or greater on nationally standardized mental ability tests for students identified as intellectually gifted.
  • Scores equal to or greater than the 97th percentile on nationally standardized achievement tests in reading or in math for students identified as academically talented in reading or math.

If you have questions about TAG identification for your student, please talk with your school principal.

Resources for Parents

A TAG-Families “e-news” list provides updates about TAG related learning opportunities and parent meetings. You may subscribe and unsubscribe at any time. Our district uses Google Groups to share electronic school communications with families and community members. A Google account is not required.

If Your Child is Identified as Talented and Gifted

The parent/guardian will be notified of their child’s identification as talented and gifted , and of the programs and services available.

  • Good communication between home and school allows for questions to be raised and addressed.
  • Parents/Guardians may provide input and discuss the programs and services to be received by their child.
  • Parents/Guardians may request access to the records used in the identification process along with an explanation by a knowledgeable district employee.
  • The Oregon Department of Education has established a series of Oregon Administrative Rules which interpret the TAG education act and how it is to be implemented.

View the TAG identification flowchart used in our district HERE.

Overview of TAG Education Law

The State of Oregon passed the Talented and Gifted Education Act during the 1987 legislative session and revised them as recently as 2003 (ORS 343.407 to ORS 343.413).  The mandate is based on sound principles and research regarding the needs of talented and gifted students.  The law speaks directly to assessing individual needs of students.  The regular classroom teacher has become the major player in providing appropriate services.

The Oregon Department of Education has established a series of Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR’s) which interpret the law and describe how the TAG Education Act is implemented.  Chapter 22 of  OAR 581, (OAR 581-22) deals with Standards for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, and has four sections which explicitly discuss Talented and Gifted Education.

OAR 581-22-1310 discusses the identification of academically and intellectually gifted students.

OAR 881-22-1320 discusses the rights of the parents of such students.

OAR 581-22-1330 discusses programs and services for TAG students.

Additionally, OAR 581-22-1510 addresses guidance and counseling.

Organizations Supporting TAG Learners