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Department of Education issues Final TAG findings:  The Oregon Department of Education issued findings that Portland Public Schools is not in compliance with the Oregon TAG mandate and an order requiring a plan of correction.  The findings were accompanied by a letter containing additional recommendations to PPS.  On May 29th., 2008 PPS issued a Plan of Compliance

Letter concerning PPS Compliance, October 11, 2009

As the Department is considering its options with respect to the Portland compliance process by October 15, we would like to draw your attention to documents prepared by the Portland Public Schools staff in preparation for a High School redesign process. read more......

Portland Public Schools Compliance Plan, May 20th. 2008





We won our day in court! (story)


Read the Circuit Court Order  

DTAC adopts revised Position Paper


ACCESS Program

 Access alternative program opened in fall, 2003  

Questions and Answers about ACCESS, 2003-4

ACCESS website

Oregon Department of Education


Oregon Department of Education offers report on April/May 2004 TAG input sessions....go to

See also their issue brief at

U.S. News, General News

The No Child Left Behind Law requires High Schools receiving Federal funding to provide information on your child (including grades and ethnicity) to military recruiters.  It also includes a provision allowing any family that wishes to opt-out (families must still provide personal information)   In addition, the Department of Defense is compiling a database of student information.  For more information go to:

This website is maintained by a coalition of advocacy organizations.

To print out opt-out letters for both High Schools and the Pentagon database in English or  Spanish go to


A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students by
Nicholas Colangelo, Susan G. Assouline, Miraca U. M. Gross
The Templeton National Report on Acceleration from the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development,  University of Iowa available free online or by mail from


 NAGC/NMSA issue joint position paper and a call to action to meet the needs of high-ability and high-potential young adolescents.


NEW! The Achievement Trap:  from The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.  A study of the extent to which high achieving low-income students are losing ground year by year.


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