A talented or gifted student has exceptional academic or intellectual abilities. In Oregon Trail, academic ability must be shown in either reading or math. Intellectual ability is an unusual capacity in mental reasoning. Of course, children could also be gifted in other areas, such as the arts or leadershipp. It is helpful to be aware of all children’s gifts in order to provide appropriate instruction, but for the purposes of official TAG identification in this district, a student must excel in reading, math or general intellectual ability.
According to law, no single test score, measure or piece of evidence shall be the sole criterion for identification or prevents students from being identified. Multiple criterion must be met for identification. In Oregon Trail these criteria are called the Referring Factor and the Confirming Factor.
The Referring Factor is what initially identifies a student as possibly qualified as TAG. It can be a referral by a teacher,parent, peer or even the student themself. Often it is a high test score on a norm referenced test such as the Oregon Statewide Assessemnt (SWA/OAKS) or the Cognitive Abilities Test (CoGAT) or the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.
Once a student has been referred the TAG Coordinator starts a file on the student and pursues evidence of a confirming factor such as studnet work samples, grades or further test scores.
**Please Note: Either the Referring Factor or the Confirming Factor must be a score at or above the 97th percentile on a nationally standardized test. A score at the 95% percentile will indicate the student has the potential to perform at the 97th percentile and will receive services unde the identification category of “Potential.”
Upon the receipt of both a Referring and Confirming factors the file is sent to a TAG Committee for final identification. Parents are notified of the outcome and have the opportunity to appeal decisions. From this point the TAG Coordinator and the parents will work together, along with the classroom teachers, to form a Personalized Instrcution Plan (PIP) to describe how the student’s unique rate and level of learning will be addressed.