It is mandated
by state law (as you've seen). Districts must now report their TAG membership as part of the Spring data collection
on an individual student basis. It will be easy to find the districts that are not following the law. TAG
will also be a category for reporting on the next school and district report card. (Your local patrons will be able
to see how TAG-identified students are doing on the state assessments.) Also, TAG identification and services are part
of the Division 22 assurances a district superintendent signs each year showing that the district is meeting state standards
for operation. Schools that are found to be out of compliance with state standards can, ultimately, lose their state
Do districts provide information to you about services they
provide to these students?
The law does not require that districts
submit their TAG plans to ODE unless they are applying for a TAG grant, which means that I can only require them to provide
me a copy if there is a complaint or lawsuit. But the law says that districts must have this plan.
to districts who don't provide opportunities for TAG students?
They might be sued by parents and
students. They might be found out of compliance with the Division 22 standards which could result in loss of state money.
Many districts provide their TAG services by differentiating instruction in the regular classroom.
We are all operating with limited
resources. But you probably noticed that the TAG laws and rules do not mention "money" when they require compliance.
The mandate is simple: 1) Districts and schools will identify TAG students, and 2) TAG students will be educated at
their rate and level of learning. Since this is not something included on the Report Card, services for these students,
or lack of services for these students, will become much more obvious. Since it is now possible to link the
identification data to the state assessment data, it will also provide parents with a better view of whether their TAG students
are showing growth in their learning. I suspect that parents will be looking for increasing RIT scores for these high-end
For more information about TAG, contact:
Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation (OEII)
Oregon Department of Education
255 Capitol St. NE
(503) 378-3600 x2289