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.
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
- Oregon State University Pre-College Programs Youth programs providing educationally challenging and dynamic environments enhanced by interaction with adult experts and collaboration with peers.
- Oregon Department of Education The information provided here is designed to support educators and parents to support TAG identified students in their learning needs.
- National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
- Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted (OATAG) Serves Oregon parents and the educational community.
- Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) To support bright, talented, gifted individuals and their families, and the professionals who work with them, to better understand the nature of giftedness, and to help these individuals reach their personal potential.
- World Council for Gifted and Talented Children A diverse organization networking the globe with an active membership of educators, scholars, researchers, parents, educational institutions, and others interested in giftedness to focus world attention on gifted and talented children and ensure the realization of their valuable potential to the benefit of humankind.
- Hoagies Gifted Resources The “all things gifted” page.