|Talented and Gifted Students (TAG)|
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The Siuslaw School District is committed to an educational program that recognizes and strives to maximize the unique value, academic needs and special talents of each student. Among the groups of children we seek to serve are those that meet the Oregon’s Department of Education’s definition of Talented and Gifted. It is our goal to identify, challenge and encourage, those students by facilitating and/or providing differentiated curriculum and instruction of significant depth and complexity to meet the individual rate and level of learning of each student.
Oregon Talented and Gifted Education:
A student is defined as Academically Talented in math or reading if he or she is able to score at or above the 97th percentile (higher than 97% of the test population) on a total test of academic skill in mathematics or reading. These tests are designed to measure a student's learning in comparison to other students of the same age. A student is defined as Intellectually Gifted if she or he is able to score at or above the 97th percentile (higher than 97% of the test population) on a test of cognitive (mental) ability. This test is designed to measure how an individual can solve problems that use words, numbers, and shapes. No single test score will be the sole criteria for identification. Behavioral, learning and/or performance evidence will also be included for the identification. Concerted efforts will be made to identify students from ethnically diverse cultures, students with disabilities, and students who are economically disadvantaged.
TAG Identification Process:
Step 1 - Screening/Referral
A conversation takes place between the student's parent(s) and teacher if there is a belief the student displays characteristics of giftedness. Exceptional performance indicators align with exceeding grade level standards and functioning at the top 3% of the population. If it is agreed there is specific evidence of exceptional performance in the academic areas of mathematics or reading or in the area of intellectual giftedness, then a referral can be initiated and the teacher will contact the TAG coordinator in their school.
The TAG coordinator will gather information that will be considered as part of the evaluation process. The kinds of evidence collected may include the following:
Step 2 – Evaluation
After all evidence is collected, the TAG coordinator will convene an academic team to evaluate all of the information available. A record of the team's decision, and the data used by the team to make the decision, will become part of the educational record for each student considered.
Step 3 - Identification
Description of Services for Identified Students
Internet Resources for Parents:
Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted (OATAG)