TAG Identification & Testing Information
NOMINATION FORMS 2018-2019
*Please see TAG Facilitator at your campus for forms in other languages
2nd Grade Universal CogAT
Portland Public Schools is testing every second grader in the district to screen for students who have high reasoning and problem-solving abilities. The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) Screener Form is a tool that may be used to help identify gifted students in the district. Schools and teachers may also use this information to decide if a student may need further assessments to help identify advanced academic or intellectual abilities.
The CogAT Screener Form reflects the most up-to-date research on how best to screen cognitive abilities and learning styles. Items on the grade 2 screener form were developed to determine ability without requiring the student to read, write, or speak. Students must rely on reasoning and problem-solving skills, not on verbal skills. Because of the reduced language load, this instrument is also appropriate for ELL children.
Please note that the process of TAG nomination for intellectual ability has not changed. All students will be tested in 2nd grade using the CogAT screener. A teacher or parent can still request CogAT testing for a student at any other time.
The TAG Department has transitioned to using Smarter Balanced (SBAC) scores for students in 3rd grade and higher who are interested in testing for academic achievement in reading and math. If families choose to opt out of SBAC in spring 2019, their students will not be eligible for TAG nomination in those two categories in fall 2019. Students in grades K-2 will still be given the IOWA achievement tests when a teacher or parent requests TAG testing for reading or math achievement.
New to PPS?
If your child has previously been identified in your former school/district, there is the possibility of transferring the identification into PPS. Once the school year has begun, request from your TAG Facilitator to submit a Move-In/Transfer Application on behalf of your child. The application will require the original letter indicating identification AND the assessment data used.
If the materials submitted are similar to those used by PPS, your TAG TOSA can grant an immediate transfer of Identification.
If not previously identified or the documentation submitted does not fit PPS requirements for a transfer, you can complete a Nomination/Placement Application to have your child assessed for a PPS Identification.
The PPS TAG department will no longer be TAG testing students that are not attending a Portland Public School. The exception is for a PPS Charter school with TAG specified in their charter. For information regarding Charter's please click here.