TAG Identification

  • 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 can be identified in the following areas:

    • Academically talented in Reading
    • Academically talented in Math
    • Intellectually Gifted
    • Potential to Perform

    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.

    All first-grade students are screened for giftedness with the Kingore Observation Inventory, a six week analytical observation tool, and the Kingore Planned Experiences, classroom activities specifically designed to demonstrate gifted characteristics. Students identified as Talented & Gifted via the first grade screening process will receive a “Potential for Gifted Performance” (Potential to Perform) designation.

    Starting in 2019, all second-grade students are assessed for giftedness with the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7 Level 8-online. Students identified as Talented & Gifted via the second grade process may receive one or more of following designations:

    • Intellectually Gifted
    • Academically Gifted: Math
    • Academically Gifted: Reading
    • Potential for Gifted Performance (Potential to Perform)

    Nationally normed percentile rankings from the state reading and math assessments will be considered for Talented & Gifted identification in grades 4-11. These eligibility referrals occur in the fall of each school year based on state assessments from the previous school year. Students identified as Talented & Gifted via the state assessment referral process may receive one or more of the following designations:

    • Academically Gifted: Math
    • Academically Gifted: Reading
    • Potential for Gifted Performance (Potential to Perform)

    Note: Students can be referred for gifted identification eligibility at any time. Student referrals typically begin with a teacher observation period, which may or may not lead to formal testing.  Formal testing, outside of those outlined above, require parent permission. Talented & Gifted identification requires multiple evidence points and eligibility decisions are made by a team. Please contact your school’s TAG Coordinator with questions about this process.