Talented and Gifted Students (TAG)
The Hood River County 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 (intellectual) 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:
Hood River County School District provides universal screening to identify talented and gifted students in all schools. The District will assess students in the areas of Intellectually Gifted (IG) and Academically Talented (AT).
Intellectually Gifted: Universal, non-verbal screening is administered to all HRCSD students in grades 1 and 6. Students who score in the 95% and above will be administered the Naglieri exam after parent permission has been granted. Students who score in the 97th percentile and above will be identified as Intellectually Gifted (IG).
Academically Talented: All students in grades 3-8 and again in grade 11 are evaluated by the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) test in the Spring. Students who score in the 97th percentile and above in a single year or score in the 94th-96th percentile for two consecutive years will be referred for additional testing using a nationally normed assessment.
Potential to Perform: A student is identified as Potential to Perform (Academically Talented-Math and/or Reading) if the student demonstrates the potential to perform at the the 97th and above percentile within their their peer group despite their failure to achieve this standard on a nationally normed standardized test. The district shall identify students from underrepresented racial populations.
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 HRCSD TAG Evaluators
The TAG Evaluators 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
The process for identifying students that are referred in grades k-2 will differ from grades 3 and above. Students will be assessed with a nationally normed reading or math test. Students are required to place in the 97th percentile or higher in math, reading, or both to qualify for TAG. Please note that in the early grades some students show achievement at a high level, but later are matched by their grade level peers. This is particularly common in children who have had early exposure to curriculum and instruction.
Step 3 - Identification
Description of Services for Identified Students
Local Complaint Procedure:
Parents wishing to make a complaint regarding any of the above issues in grades k-5 should contact the building principal who will refer the parent to the appropriate person depending on the nature of the complaint. If the resolution of the complaint is not satisfactory to the parent after attempting to resolve it with the principal, then the parent should file a written complaint with the District's TAG Program Administrator, Brent Emmons at email@example.com. If the complaint has not been resolved after 45 calendar days from filing a written complaint with the school district, the complainant may direct an appeal to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The complaint must allege a violation of standards of the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) in Chapter 581, Division 022, and Sections 1310, 1320, 1330, or 1940.
HRCSD does not discriminate in regards to race, religion, sex, national origin ethnic background citizenship or physical disabilities.