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 who meet 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.
Contact Information for TAG programs
District TAG Coordinator: Kelly Dotson
Phone: 541-997-8241 ext: 6414
TAG Building Representatives at SES:
TAG Compliance Officer: Special Programs Director Lisa Utz
TAG Policies and Procedures
Our Siuslaw School Board adopts and regularly reviews policies and procedures regarding TAG programs. The policies that define TAG for our district are linked below:
Oregon Talented and Gifted Education
The guidelines for identification and eligibility have been established by Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) which outline the specific requirements for Oregon Talented and Gifted Education. Students must be identified in the following areas:
Academically talented in Reading
Academically talented in Math
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
The process of becoming identified as TAG consists of three steps: referral, evaluation, and identification.
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 in 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 the information that will be considered as part of the evaluation process. The kinds of evidence collected may include the following:
Current work samples in academic areas of strength
Nationally recognized standardized norm-referenced test(s)
STEP 2 – Evaluation
After all the 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
Final identification as Academically Talented in Mathematics and/or Reading, or as Intellectually Gifted will be based upon the combined evidence collected during the evaluation process as well as results from the standardized norm-referenced assessment score(s).
All decisions are made by a school-based team and parents will be notified of all decisions.
All documentation of referral, evaluation, and identification is maintained at the school level in the student's cumulative records.
Transfer Students: Students previously identified in other districts or states will be honored in the Siuslaw School District. However, the identification procedure must include multiple pieces of evidence that are recognized as equivalent to the HRCSD document. Although the evidence for identification from a prior district may not be present in the cumulative file, there must be written documentation that supports the identification as described in the OARs. If the parent has questions regarding missing pieces of evidence, he or she should consult with the school's principal and/or the TAG coordinator.
Description of Services for Identified Students
Once a student has been identified, either as Academically Talented in reading and/or mathematics, or as intellectually gifted, a plan of services is developed and is referred to as the student's TAG plan. The plan is based on the individual student's level and rate of learning.
The level of learning is the student's instructional level in the curriculum, i.e., the place where the student will be successful but will encounter knowledge and skills he or she has not yet mastered.
The rate of learning is 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 subject; the point in the learning process; the degree of interest to the student; the level of difficulty of the material; and/or the learning style of the student.
Parents are invited to provide input into the plan at regularly scheduled conferences or after the written plan is sent home or by requesting an individual conference.
Rights of Parents of Talented and Gifted Students
If your student has been identified as Talented and Gifted based on criteria set by the OARs, you have rights as parents of a talented and gifted student. In carrying out the requirements of OAR 581-022-1320, the school district:
Informs parents at the time of the identification of the child of the programs and services available.
Provides an opportunity for parents to provide input to and discuss with the district the programs and services to be received by their child.
Notifies parents of the right to request, at any time, the withdrawal of their child from programs and services provided under OAR 581-022-1330.
Informs parents of their right to file a complaint under OAR 581-022-1940.
Internet Resources for Parents: Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted (OATAG)