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What is meant by "talented and gifted"?

Though all students have unique strengths, talents and gifts, in accordance with state requirements as outlined in OAR 581-022-1310 St. Helens School District identifies students who are intellectually gifted and academically talented in reading and math.

What does intellectually gifted mean?

Students who score at or above the 97th percentile on a cognitive abilities test with supporting evidence qualify as intellectually gifted. These students are "thinkers" and may or may not have advanced academic skills.

What does academically talented mean?

Students who excel in reading and/or math and score at or above the 97th percentile on standardized subject area tests, with supporting evidence, qualify as academically talented. These students often require an advanced level of instruction and accelerated pace.

What is used to identify a TAG student?

Standardized tests, teacher and parent rating scales, anecdotal information and work samples are used for identification. Information is gathered and a case study is used for identification. 

What about my straight-A student? Why aren't they identified as a TAG student?

Some excellent, bright students excel in school but don't meet the state standards of 97th percentile or higher on a standardized test of academic achievement in reading or math, or a standardized test of intellectual ability.  Identified TAG students includes those who have met state requirements.