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Talented and Gifted Program (TAG)


Talented & Gifted Program Information

TAG Philosophy

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is committed to identifying and providing for the unique intellectual, social, emotional, and career needs of Talented and Gifted (TAG) students.

It is our goal to provide appropriate educational programs and services through instructional, curricular, and administrative modifications to create educational opportunities for TAG students that maximize their individual potential.

We believe that Talented and Gifted students exist in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups across gender, and we are committed to identifying them and providing appropriate services.

Talented & Gifted Program Parent Handbook ♦ TAG-M002


TAG Parent Input Form ♦ TAG-F001

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Opportunities for Students

TAG Frequently Asked Questions

What are TAG Instructional Plans?
  • TAG Grade Level Instructional Plans will be written for grades K-5. This plan documents the instructional strategies that may be used for identified TAG students, based on assessments and classroom performance.
  • A TAG Instructional Course Plan for grades 6-12 will be written for each course. The plan outlines assessment and instructional modifications for the accommodation of assessed level and accelerated rate of learning.
  • At grades 9-12, TAG students may take advantage of Advanced Placement, accelerated, and/or honors courses. Other options include dual enrollment and independent study.  General plans describing assessments and instructional options are developed for each course in all curricular areas.  For an in-depth look at these modifications, see the Salem-Keizer Options
  • Course plans for grades 6-12 are available in the school office.

At all grades, parents have an opportunity to provide input into instructional planning.  The nature of this opportunity may vary.  Information about how parents can give input will be provided by the school.  Questions regarding instructional plans and options should be directed to the school principal or TAG Advocate.

What is the Oregon Talented and Gifted Education Act?

Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) outline the specific requirements of the Oregon Talented and Gifted Education Act.  These rules and statues apply to all children grades K-12.

The OAR for the Oregon Talented and Gifted Education Act are as follows:

  1. Each school district shall have policies and procedures for the identification of Talented and Gifted students.
  2. Each school district shall have a written plan for programs and services.
  3. The instruction provided to identified students shall address their assessed levels of learning and accelerated rates of learning.
  4. Parents rights of Talented and Gifted Students:
  • School districts shall inform parents at the time of the identification of the child of the programs and services available.
  • School districts shall provide an opportunity for parents to provide input about the programs and services to be received.
  • Parents may request the withdrawal of their child from programs and services.
  • Parents shall be informed of the right to file a complaint.

OAR 581-022-1310, 581-022-1320, 581-022-1330, 581-022-1940

For a complete text of the OAR’s governing TAG, please go to the TAG/ODE website at

What are the standards for Salem-Keizer Public Schools Talented and Gifted Programs and Services?

The qualities of a strong program are consistent throughout all schools, K-12.  The eight standards around which each school’s program is built are as follows:

  1. There will be an ongoing search for students eligible for TAG services.
  2. Information will be provided by the school to parents in a timely manner when a student is identified.
  3. Level(s) and rate(s) of learning will be assessed.
  4. Documentation of instruction for assessed level(s) of learning and accelerated rate(s) of learning will exist.
  5. There will be opportunities for parent input and regular communication among parents, school staff, and students.
  6. There will be a shared responsibility among parents, school staff and students.
  7. Appropriate service options for each student to work at assessed level(s) and accelerated rate(s) of learning will exist.
  8. Opportunities for interaction with other TAG students will exist.
What are the instructional services for TAG students?

For students identified as Talented and Gifted (TAG), instructional services are provided through an in-class model where TAG students are clustered for instruction.  In this model, the classroom teacher is the primary service provider.  Classroom teachers are responsible for assessing the student’s level of learning and monitoring the student’s rate of learning and providing appropriate instruction.  This applies to all grade levels and all subject areas or courses.   Regardless of the category of identification, all identified students receive instruction at their assessed level and monitored rate of learning in all content areas.

Level of Learning is the student’s instructional level in the curriculum, the place where the student will be successful, but will encounter knowledge and skills he or she has not yet learned or mastered.

Rate of Learning is a measure of the pace at which a student successfully progresses through the curriculum after being placed at the appropriate level.  A student’s rate of learning will vary depending on the following:

  • Subject
  • Point in the learning process
  • Degree of interest to the student
  • Level of difficulty of the material, and/or
  • Learning style of the student
  • Motivation

At all levels, the goal is to ensure that the gifted learner is stimulated and challenged throughout the school day by means of advanced content, flexible pacing, higher order thinking skills, research, projects, and/or materials appropriate for the student’s learning.

What are the categories for TAG identification in Salem-Keizer Public Schools?

Salem-Keizer Public Schools identifies students in the categories of Academic Talents and Intellectual Gifts.  Those identified as Academically Talented have shown specific ability in either reading or math.  Intellectually Gifted students have demonstrated unusual capabilities in mental reasoning.

What is the TAG identification process in Salem-Keizer Public Schools?

Identification is based on multiple criteria that call for a consistent pattern of excellence over time.  One piece of evidence will be a score at or above the 97th percentile on a nationally standardized test of academic achievement or mental ability, or the potential to perform, using risk factors, at this level.  Additional information must be gathered, and may include referral forms, classroom test scores, work samples, grades, and anecdotal records.  No single test score, measure, or piece of evidence shall be the sole criterion for identification or prevent students from being identified.

Step 1: Initial Screening/Referral

Classroom teachers, parents or community members may refer a student (K-12) to the school’s TAG Team.  Students may also make self-referrals.  All students in kindergarten through twelve grade are screened by classroom teachers using the Student-Find Process that is based on researched characteristics of gifted students.

Step 2: Data Review

When a student has been referred, the TAG Team collects and reviews applicable data.  In addition to standardized test scores, this data must include at least, two other pieces of supporting evidence such as work samples, grades, or parent/teacher referral forms.  The TAG Team then decides whether the student:

  1. Meets criteria for identification,
  2. May meet criteria, but more information is needed,
  3. Potential to perform at the 97th percentile, using risk factors, or
  4. Does not meet the criteria.

Step 3: Testing

When additional information is needed, individual testing may be requested.  Parent permission is required for individual testing.  Test results will be shared with parents and the TAG Team.

Step 4: Communication

Parents and the student’s teacher(s) will be notified of the identification decision.   Parents have the right to appeal the decision if they disagree, and should contact the principal.

Questions regarding the identification process should be directed to the school’s TAG Advocate or the district TAG Coordinator.

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