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TAG Philosophy

  • The Tigard-Tualatin School District is committed to educational services that recognize the unique value, needs, and talents of TAG students. Recognizing the diversity of the students we serve, we believe that giftedness is not defined by race, gender, or language. Central to this commitment is evidence-based instruction that is designed to meet the needs of academically talented and intellectually gifted students.

    Gifted students.....

    • are individuals with unique patterns of abilities and interests.
    • benefit from spending time with peers with similar abilities and interests.
    • must be provided instruction in core curriculum at their level and rate of learning.
    • may need support and guidance to address their unique, academic, social, and emotional needs.

TAG Identification

  • How do I know if my child might qualify for TAG services? What are some of the characteristics of giftedness?

  • I know a student who might qualify for TAG services. What should I do next?

  • How does a student qualify for TAG services?

  • How long does the TAG identification process take?

  • When will my child begin receiving TAG services after being identified?

  • In which grades can students be referred for TAG services?

  • How will my child benefit from a TAG identification? What is the point?

  • My child is receiving special education or academic intervention services. Can they also be eligible for TAG services?

  • Can a student be eligible for TAG services if they don’t have good grades or high test scores?

  • How can I learn more about why my student was identified for TAG services?

  • My child was identified as gifted in another district. Will this transfer to TTSD?

  • Can my TAG student get their identification reevaluated/reviewed? How?

  • What can I do if I disagree with the result of the TAG identification process?

  • What assessments are used to determine TAG eligibility and why?

  • Can my child take an assessment for TAG eligibility any time?

  • 2023-24 TTSD TAG Service Plan

    Our focus as a district is to meet the needs of our TAG students, families, and teachers by implementing the following three phases of our TAG Service Plan in the 2023-24 school year.

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    Tigard-Tualatin School District
    TAG Services Plan Overview

    Phase 1: Building Partnerships

    Teachers learn about TAG students’ areas of eligibility and suggested services
    TAG Family/Student Feedback collected and shared with teachers
    TAG services are communicated by teachers in Team TAG Plan or High School TAG Instructional Plan


    Phase 2: Planning for Student Success

    TAG services planned and provided by classroom teachers through differentiation for assessed rate and level
    Teachers are prepared to discuss and gather feedback on differentiated instructional opportunities


    Phase 3: Continuing Development and Reflection

    Ongoing professional development opportunities offered to teachers
    Collection of perspective from TAG students, families, and staff used to create the following year’s TAG Services Plan

TAG Services

  • What are the rights of TAG students? What services do TAG students receive?

  • My student is not challenged in their classes. Would a TAG referral help?

  • My TAG student is not challenged in their classes. How do we fix this?

  • Do Virtual Academy students still receive TAG services?

  • How do my child’s TAG services connect to other special services?

  • Why is my TAG child no longer pulled out for enrichment at their elementary school?

  • How do I know if my child is being taught at their assessed rate and level?

  • Does a TAG identification ensure my child will be placed in advanced courses?

Other Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are TAG services accessible to all students in an equitable way?

  • Who is in charge of TAG at my child’s school? What is their role?

  • How can I help my TAG student who struggles with academics?

  • Where can parents learn more about giftedness?

  • How can parents get involved with TAG services?

Talented & Gifted Education Plan 2023-2026

Educational Excellence Advisory Team (EEAT)

Elementary TAG Specialists

Secondary TAG Building Leaders

  • Contact Us:

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    Alison Heath
    6-12 Support, TAG TOSA

    Laura Kintz
    Laura Kintz
    Associate Director of Teaching & Learning