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. It has required a dramatic shift in thinking for parents, educators, and students alike. 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.