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 refer themselves or be referred by parent/guardian or teacher to be assessed for identification. 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 (NNAT) in their 2nd grade classroom.
When identifying, both scores and additional data from families and student work samples are analyzed as a “body of evidence” that provides a full reflection of student ability.
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.
3. 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.
For additional information, please visit the website for the Office of Talented and Gifted Education, www.pps.net/tag.