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.
Data Driven FALL Referrals
We already have reading and math assessment data for students in grades 3-9 from state testing in the spring (OSAS) and fall MAP testing. Families will be notified via email in late October if their child shows the potential to be identified. In the notification you will be asked to confirm you want your child evaluated for TAG.
Grade 2 students will participate in a universal screener for intellectual ability called the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (more information below). Families will be notified via email in late November if their child shows the potential to be identified. In the notification you will be asked to confirm you want your child evaluated for TAG.
Winter Referral Window opens December 1
If your child has not participated in testing, or you do not receive a notification in the fall, a referral window will open on December 1, 2023. Students can be referred for math, reading and intellectual ability. Referred students may need to take additional assessments which will be scheduled starting in January 2024.
If you have any questions 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.