TAG Referral Process
If you are considering referring your child for TAG, start by reaching out to their teacher. They will be able to answer many of your questions about TAG services in the classroom.
Referrals submitted by February 15 are considered SPRING referrals. Students referred in the fall are not eligible for a spring referral.
1. Complete a TAG Referral form. Choose your preferred language from the list below. The link opens a guidance document with directions on how to complete the form.
2. Any additional tests required are scheduled with the school beginning in January for FALL referrals and in March for SPRING referrals.
3. Identification decisions and updates in Synergy are completed in February for FALL referrals and April for SPRING referrals.
4. Families will be notified about the results of the referral once identification decisions are complete. Communication will come directly from the TAG department in a letter and/or email.
If you have any questions about the process, please reach out to the TAG facilitator at your child's school. The complete list can be found here.
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 that your building TAG Facilitator 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 assessment and identification materials submitted are similar to those used by PPS, the PPS TAG Department can grant an immediate transfer of identification. If not previously identified or the documentation submitted does not fit for PPS requirements for a transfer of TAG identification, you can complete a Nomination Form to have your child assessed for a PPS identification.
2nd Grade Universal NNAT
Portland Public Schools is testing every second grader in the district to screen for students who have high reasoning and problem-solving abilities. The NNAT3 (Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test) is a culture-fair, nonverbal measure of reasoning and problem solving abilities. This test does not require English language skills or mathematics, instead consisting of problems that use a complex set of geometric shapes and designs. The NNAT3 assesses how your child does on things that are new to them.
Please note that the process of TAG nomination for intellectual ability has not changed. All students will be tested in 2nd grade using the NNAT3. A teacher or parent can still request NNAT3 testing for a student at any other time.
The TAG Department has transitioned to using OSAS and NWEA MAP scores for students in third grade and higher who are interested in testing for academic achievement in reading and math. Students in grades K-2 will be given the MAP tests when a teacher or parent requests TAG testing for reading or math achievement.
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.