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Benson High School

Benson Polytechnic High School
United by Spirit, Bonded by Name

546 NE 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97232Ph 503-916-5100Fx (503) 916-2690

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Talented and Gifted Information

  • What is Talented and Gifted?
    “Talented and gifted children” means those children who require special educational programs or services, or both, beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their contribution to self and society and who demonstrate outstanding ability or potential in one or more of the following areas: (a) General intellectual ability as commonly measured by measures of intelligence and aptitude. (b) Unusual academic ability in one or more academic areas. (c) Creative ability in using original or nontraditional methods in thinking and producing. (d) Leadership ability in motivating the performance of others either in educational or noneducational settings. (e) Ability in the visual or performing arts, such as dance, music or art. [1959 c.528 §2; 1963 c.570 §22; 1965 c.100 §409; 1971 c.613 §2; 1979 c.385 §2; 1987 c.335 §1; 2011 c.440 §2]
    (Oregon Department of Education, 2012)


    How are students Identified?
    K-12 students can be nominated by parent/guardian OR teacher to be assessed for identification. The nomination period opens up in the fall. There are three areas that PPS currently assesses for, intellectual giftedness, talent in mathematics, and/or talent in reading.

    Currently, all 2nd grade students will be receiving access to take the intellectual exam (CogAT7) in their 2nd grade classroom.

    When identifying, both scores and additional data are analyzed as a “body of evidence” that provides a full reflection of student ability. Federal and state regulation requires that a student score between the 97th and 99th percentile in order to qualify for Talented and Gifted identification. At PPS a student that scores at the 85th percentile or higher, and has a body of evidence that indicates gifted ability, can be given a Potential identification and receive services (to be put into effect 2016-2017).


    What is my school doing for TAG Students?
    Please find current Building TAG plans here. These plans, written by a team at each school, provide a framework as to how TAG students are having their rate and level met within their classrooms.


    For additional information, please visit the website for the Office of Talented and Gifted Education,