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Talented and Gifted (TAG) Education

Talented and Gifted Education is “needs-based” instructional programming for which a student should be identified to receive services. The information provided here is designed to support educators and parents to define the need for services and to support TAG identified students in their learning needs.

New Policies and Practices for TAG - 2022/2023 School Year

The State Board of Education adopted the amended rules for OAR 581-022-2500 on January 20, 2022. The rules enhance communication between districts and their community as well as to the Department. Notable changes in 581-022-2500 include:

  • District-level TAG plans now need to be posted on the district's website, and available upon request by any school within the district
  • Districts shall report their designated TAG coordinator's contact information to the Department annually (recommended deadline - November 1st of each year)
  • Districts shall post and update their designated TAG coordinator's contact information on the district website annually (recommended deadline - September 30th of each year)
  • Families and TAG identified students have the right to discuss the programs and services available to the student and provide input on the programs and services received

The newly designed district-level TAG TEMPLATE and accompanying instructions companion guide has been published and shared through the TAG listserv. Updated district-level TAG plans shall be submitted to the Department no later than May 1, 2023.

Oregon State Assessment System (OSAS) Percentile Tables

ODE will not be publishing percentile tables for the 2021-2022 school year.

Previously, OSAS percentile scores have been an integral data point in the TAG eligibility process, specifically, for the identification of academic talent in reading and mathematics. Moving forward, it is recommended that if OSAS scores are used in the eligibility process, districts engage in using local norms (comparing OSAS scores of peers within district and building levels, rather than the entire state) to better align the services offered by each district to the specific talent of students within each unique community. Many districts have already transitioned to using local norms and away from state norms over the last five years. If you have any questions regarding local norms, please do not hesitate to contact Angela Allen. 

Oregon Statewide TAG Coordinators

Statewide School District TAG Coordinator Contact List Entries highlighted in yellow need to be updated by the district. The deadline to submit updated TAG information this year is November 1, 2023. Please use the contact list form below to submit new or updated contact information.

TAG State School District Contact List form This form is to be completed by new educators who would like to be added to the list or to be used by administrators to request a change to current information. Please indicate which name should be replaced in the notes section. 

District-level TAG Plan Resources

There are three resources specific to the development and submission of district-level TAG plans:

Please post your district-level TAG plans on your district website. The Department reccomends posting a TAG plan as a PDF and in a location on your website that is easy to find. Also, please remember to ensure your TAG plan meets accessibility requirements for those experiencing disabilities.

TAG Template

Use this template to make an editable copy. This template also includes the link to the Template Instructions Companion Guide.

TAG Template Instructions Companion Guide

A PDF copy of the same Companion Guide linked in the template.

TAG District-Level Plan 2022-23 Form

Please use the linked form when submitting your district-level TAG plan to the Department.  Plans are due no later than May 1, 2023.

For Educators

The Talented and Gifted Newsletter 

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Past newsletters can be found on our Archive page.

Educator Roles in Talented and Gifted Education

Resources for TAG coordinators, administrators, and classroom teachers who work with talented and gifted students.

Oregon Talented and Gifted Laws and Rules


Oregon Administrative Rules (Adopted by the State Board of Education)

Oregon Open Learning

Oregon Open Learning is the place to find and share open educational resources (OER) that are curated and created for and by Oregon educators. OER promotes educational equity by providing all students with access to openly-licensed, high quality, up-to-date, and relevant learning materials.

For Parents

Read About Your Gifted Child

Parenting resources, including the Oregon Department of Education Brochure about Talented and Gifted Education and bibliographies related to gifted child parenting topics.

Advocacy Organizations Supporting Talented and Gifted Learners