"The Oregon Talented and Gifted mandate passed 26 years ago, long enough for two generations of students to go all the way through school. Its promise has never been fulfilled, harming both the students and our state. "
(Notes: many newspaper articles are cached in archives that charge a fee; however they should still be available from your public library. Articles in each section are posted with the most recent at the top)
State rules Ashland’s TAG program out of compliance By Joe Zavala for the Ashland Daily Tidings, Wednesday Mar 22, 2017 at 335 PM Updated Mar 22, 2017 at 335 PM
"The Ashland School District does not meet the state's minimum standards for ensuring its talented and gifted students receive appropriate instruction and must submit a corrective action plan by June 15 or risk losing a portion of its state funding, according to a ruling handed down Friday from the Oregon Department of Education. . . .
To investigate Richards' appeal, the ODE in January dispatched two staff members to Ashland to spend a day in the district observing high school, middle school and elementary classrooms. They discovered a mixed bag of compliance, noting in Friday's ruling that an advanced placement English teacher was able to "differentiate instruction" during a Socratic circle exercise, while another teacher's attempts to address "rate of learning" was mostly unsuccessful. . . . .
The ODE investigators, which included legislative coordinator Emily Nazarov, also used two surveys to determine other shortcomings.
The report concluded that Ashland's corrective action plan must include "specific discussion" of three elements professional development for teachers around "how to effectively use rate and level" in the classroom; improving and ensuring access for all teachers to information about which of their students have been TAG identified and their individual TAG plans; and implementing a consistent opportunity for parents to review their student's TAG plan."
Dept. of Education Ashland School District not providing adequate education to gifted by Daniela Jusino for KTVL News 10, Monday, March 20th 2017
"ASHLAND, Ore. -After a six-month investigation, the Oregon Department of Education ruled on March 17 that the Ashland School District is out of compliance with state laws in regards to their talented and gifted students.
The state is planning to withhold funding and deem Ashland a non-standard school if the district doesn't present a corrective action plan by June 15 . . ."
Schools Aren't Meeting TAG Requirements by Taelor Rian for KOBI
Ashland, Ore. "Students at the Ashland School District with the talented and gifted designation aren’t receiving the level of instruction they are required as outlined by the state.
The Ashland School District was observed in January after a concerned parent filed an appeal on the implementation of the talented and gifted or TAG program.
Matt Richards says he just wants to see TAG kids be challenged. . . .
"The problem is it just hasn’t really been implemented," Richards says. "It’s easy for some things to maybe fall through the cracks sometimes and so I hope that this just spurs them to say hey this a piece that we need to do a better job on." "
Ashland Parents Push for Change in TAG Program KDRV, Tuesday, March 21st 2017, 525 pm PDT
ASHLAND, Ore. -- The state of Oregon says the Ashland School District needs to make some changes in the Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program.
"The state just finished months of investigating following a parent's appeal to the district.
The parent, Matt Richards, felt his TAG children were not getting the education they needed. After years of talking with administrators, teachers and the district, he filed a complaint.
"The only way to try and get anything to happen was to go through this complaint process," Richards said.
Initially the complaint went to a review board, and the district said it was in compliance with state rules. Richards appealed the district's decision to the state. The state then launched the investigation. After concluding the investigation, the state found the Ashland School District was not properly educating TAG students, in accordance with state rules. The district now has until June 15th to submit a Corrective Action Plan.
"The withholding of funds only happens if the district fails to submit a plan by June 15th, and again, I want to be really clear, I do not anticipate that happening here," Emily Nazarov, with the Oregon Department of Education, said.
Nazarov also said she is confident the state will submit the plan in time."
Oregon Dept. of Education wants improvements in Ashland School District TAG program by Mike Marut for KTVL Tuesday, March 21st 2017
"Ashland, Ore. - On Friday, the Oregon Department of Education completed a six month evaluation and released its findings the district has a need for professional development on differentiating instruction for individual TAG students, improving teacher access to the list of TAG identified students in their classrooms and consistent opportunity for parents to be involved in developing TAG plans. . . .
Matt Richards, a district parent, submitted a formal complaint about the lack of programming and curriculum four years ago.
"That's really what it's mostly about is making sure when the kids go to school, they are inspired and learning things that are stimulating for them," Richards says.
Richards says he's happy with the report. He noted the district already has a comprehensive plan on their website. He does not necessarily want to see changes to that plan, but the implementation of it. . . . ."
eaverton School District listening session draws one parent
Published Thursday, October 20, 2011, 918 PM Updated Thursday, October 20, 2011, 933 PM
By Wendy Owen, The Oregonian
"Michelle McHugh, who has children in sixth and eighth grades, received the undivided attention of Superintendent Jeff Rose for her questions about gifted students.
McHugh said there are few alternatives for high-achieving students in middle school who aren't selected in the option-school lottery or the highly gifted program, Summa. ..."
Beaverton School Board meeting standing room only for budget cuts, gifted students and charter schools by Wendy Owen for The Oregonian, Wednesday, Ap-ril 6, 2011, Updated Thursday, April 7, 2011
...."The district expects to add 150 students to the 350 already in the three Summa programs by expanding the criteria this fall. The 99th percentile on a cognitive test still stands, but the second set of criteria will change to 99th percentile in reading OR math plus 97th percentile in reading or math or a cognitive ability test.
We don’t want to lose the integrity of the program,” said Beaverton Superintendent Jerry Colonna.
Students who qualify under the new criteria will be invited to attend Summa this coming school year"....
Parents ask Beaverton School District to make Summa honors program less restrictive, by Wendy Owen, for The Oregonian, Published Friday, January 07, 2011, 900 AM
"For some parents and students in the Beaverton School District, the difference between scoring in the 99th and the 98th percentile may be only 1 point, but it means the world.That tiny number is enough to keep a gifted student from attending the Summa honors program in middle school. Students must either score in the 99th percentile on both math and reading standardized tests or on a cognitive test to enter the program for the "profoundly gifted."Lately, some parents have been pushing the district to change the criteria and allow more gifted students into Summa, but local and national educators said there is a huge difference between the students who score in the 99th percentile and those who nearly do".
Beaverton will expand Summa program for high-achieving students to Stoller Middle School in the fall By Melissa Navas for The Oregonian March 22, 2010, 458PM
"Beaverton School District's Summa program, which serves high-achieving students, will expand to a third middle school in the fall.
The district will start a program at Stoller Middle School, partly because the bulk of the students enrolled in the program next year come from elementary schools that feed into Stoller, regional administrator Vicki Lukich said......"
Expert panel says gifted students must be challenged by Wendy Owen, for The Oregonian, Friday April 17, 2009, 5:00 PM
"BEAVERTON -- For gifted children to succeed, they must be challenged, according to a panel of experts. ...Gifted children lose their motivation when the work is too easy. Having never been challenged, they will lack the tools to deal with difficult work in the future, said Jean Gubbins, associate director of The National Research on the Gifted and Talented at the University of Connecticut"
Beaverton plans to upgrade Talented and Gifted program by Melissa Navas, for The Oregonian, Wednesday September 24, 2008, 947 AM
"The Beaverton School District has postponed hiring an administrator to run its Talented and Gifted program but will increase teacher training, planning time and program evaluation this year. Despite the hiring delay, officials say the district will still improve its program for high-achieving students....
Beaverton talented students underserved by teachers, survey reports by Melissa Navas, The Oregonian March 06, 2008 0939AM
"While Beaverton has nearly twice the state's rate of talented and gifted students, the district has found its teachers are not provided adequate training or time to assess and instruct high achievers.
To improve services, the district is proposing increasing its TAG budget by 65 percent to $1.2 million next fiscal year to provide more training, hire new staff and launch a three-year plan to evaluate and refine its program.
A January survey of district staff reveals that the needs of struggling students often supersede those of high achieving students, according to results reviewed by the district budget committee Tuesday night." ...
Options in Works for Students (Beaverton's Summa academy) by David Anderson for the Oregonian
Identifying the Talented and Gifted: Crook County School District explores new ways to serve students who are in the 97th percentile by Ramona McCallister for the Central Oregonian, November 21, 2012
Gifted need to be guided, programs funded By Stephen Aloia For The Register-Guard Feb. 14, 2016
"Gifted athletes are identified early in life and enjoy focused attention with year-round travel teams, professional coaches and highly
coordinated training, exercise, nutrition and rest. Personalities, temperaments, talents and skills are enhanced with psychological,
philosophical and emotional workshops. Screening and try-outs are demanding and intense. And athletic performance is valued and
rewarded with media coverage, lettermen’s jackets, booster clubs, awards banquets, cheerleaders, marching bands, packed crowds and
highly publicized college signing days. The results are obvious: the Olympics, collegiate sports, and lifetimes of fitness and exercise."
Raising the TAG Bar By Anne Bridgman for the Eugene Weekly, May 23, 2013 - 100am
As Eugene School District 4J works to meet a June deadline to comply with a corrective order regarding gifted education issued by the Oregon Department of Education, a second complaint has been filed against the district, according to the parent who filed the complaints and the education department
The corrective action order was issued to 4J in response to the first complaint filed by the parent, who felt that the district was not compliant with state talented and gifted (TAG) requirements. The same parent, Ellen Wischnowski, filed a second complaint this month on behalf of another child after her child’s TAG plan was revised significantly without notifying her. That complaint is being investigated by the state Department of Education’s TAG office, according to the department, which will decide whether to pursue it......
Ten years ago, when Wischnowski enrolled her son in kindergarten, she says, her efforts to get him more challenge were met with insults and derision. When he was TAG identified in third grade, she says, "I wanted him to at least read books at his level." She was told that her son couldn’t bring books from home or the school library because they were distracting.
Middle school audit buoys efforts to teach high achievers: Hillsboro expert says teacher training is key to success at Neil Armstrong By Nancy Townsley The Forest Grove News-Times, Jun 10, 2009, Updated Oct 30, 2009
"An expert in the art of teaching “academically talented and intellectually gifted” students has evaluated practices at Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove and concluded that teachers need additional training to best serve those high achievers."...
Forest Grove students say they are 'bored' in class by Wendy Owen, for The Oregonian Wednesday April 29, 2009, 423 PM
FOREST GROVE -- High achieving students and their parents stood before the Forest Grove School Board Monday night and asked for a better education.
Students from Neil Armstrong Middle School and Tom McCall Upper Elementary asked for more rigor.
"I'm a person who enjoys being challenged," said Zahara Crain, a sixth-grader at Tom McCall. "If I can be prepared for high school in seventh and eighth grade, I would be a lot happier."
Alexandra Benefiel said she's bored at the middle school. "We already know all this stuff,"
The focus of their concerns was Neil Armstrong Middle School. About two years ago, the district pulled its honors language arts classes and replaced them with honors contracts....
Musser insists honors classes ‘not the answer’ By Nancy Townsley for The Forest Grove News-Times, Apr 29, 2009
Parents urge school board to restore courses for high achievers at Neil Armstrong...
Since honors courses were dropped in 2007, Neil Armstrong pupils have instead been offered “honors contracts,” or opportunities to complete higher-level assignments for credit.
Musser recently introduced the idea of “cluster groups” in mainstream classes, a concept that gives TAG students the chance to challenge each other under guidance from teachers trained to tend to their needs.
Change becomes a two-way street in the world of special education: Disgruntled parents say that the Lake Oswego School District has misplaced their third-grade son in a special education classroom. By Rebecca Mayer for The Lake Oswego Review, Nov 27, 2008 (18 Reader comments)
Bob Keller and Cynthia Mohiuddin hope that litigation will help their third-grade son, who was placed in a special education classroom, attend a regular class in his neighborhood school, Palisades Elementary, shown behind the couple.....Keller and Mohiuddin’s son attended Palisades Elementary School until October of 2007 when he was in second grade. In the middle of his first grade year the LOSD recognized a "communication disorder" making him eligible for special education services. He was required to attend 30 minutes of speech per week. At that time, he was also identified as a Talented and Gifted student for his advanced math abilities.
District aims to beef up talented, gifted offerings, by Wendy Owen, The Oregonian, Thursday, September 21, 2006 :
"The Lake Oswego School District is hoping to improve the consistency and depth of its gifted education for junior high students with a new program called TAG Challenge....
As the district pilots TAG Challenge, it also will be studying its overall program for talented and gifted students, a process accelerated by parents concerned about the quality of gifted education in the district "
an article by Maya Blackmun in the Oregonian, about an innovative new PTA for TAG parents, Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Talented, gifted student programs lack funds: Medford School Board meets to discuss calls for more advanced coursework; 'It's the right thing to do' By Paris Achen for the Mail Tribune, May 04, 2010 2:00 AM
"When Shari Wyne's son was identified as an intellectually gifted first-grader two years ago through a standardized test at Jefferson Elementary School, she expected him to receive more challenging schoolwork or special activities to stimulate his intellect.
'I was told point-blank: "We do not offer a talented and gifted program,'" Wyne said."
Portland Public Schools
Portland schools hit with civil rights complaint for denying disabled students entry to gifted school by Bethany Barnes for the Oregonian, January 18, 2017
"Three Portland families have filed a federal civil rights complaint against Portland Public Schools alleging the district's gifted program lacks transparency and discriminates against students with disabilities.
The heart of their complaint is that students who otherwise qualified for the district's magnet school for highly gifted students were turned away because they had disabilities. Spots at Access Academy are coveted by parents who feel their neighborhood schools cannot provide talented and gifted services, which are required by Oregon law..."
ACCESS Academy seeks new home in space-starved districtfor the Portland Tribune, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016.
" some are wondering if ACCESS should be a stand-alone school at all. The program could look more like Summa, Beaverton’s middle-grade program for talented-and-gifted-identified (TAG) students, which is split over five campuses."
Complaint: Portland district discriminated against gifted students with disabilities.
on August 20, 2016 at 7:00 AM, updated August 22, 2016 at 1:30 PM
"In a complaint filed with Portland Public Schools, three families say district officials illegally relied on their children's disabilities when denying them entry to a gifted program they were otherwise qualified to attend.
Based on test results, the families believed their children clearly met the criteria for the district's Access Academy, an alternative program for high-aptitude students.
But review documents obtained by two of the families showed district officials had repeatedly annotated application forms with handwritten notes that linked admission with the students' disabilities. . . ." http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2016/08/complaint_portland_district_di.html
How Portland Public Schools fails advanced math students (OPINION) Guest Columnist By Terese Bushnell for the Oregonian, February 16, 2016 at 226 PM, updated February 16, 2016 at 243 PM
"... Student complaints of boredom and requests to move on to higher math regularly go unanswered; the rare exception is the student with a savvy and persistent advocate in their corner. Even then, far more often than not, math-hungry kids begging for challenges are denied that opportunity. Those without a full-time advocate will likely not have their abilities recognized — never mind get the chance to move to an appropriate instructional level. The irony is that PPS fiercely defends this practice in the name of equity.
Lake Oswego, on the other hand, uses a walk-to-math model districtwide. ..."
Portland schools should group students by ability Guest opinion By Scholle McFarland for the Oregonian December 3, 2014
"Public schools, at their best, can provide opportunities for students to excel regardless of socioeconomic, racial or ethnic background. As a student at Nashville, Tennessee's first academic magnet high school, I saw that up close. My classmates — some the first in their families to attend college — have gone on to make significant contributions in medicine, law, business and the arts.
So, why in all the committee and community debates about how we can improve equity, program access and educational achievement for all of Portland's students is no one talking about talented and gifted (TAG) services? ....."
Program for gifted gets new home, room to grow by Jennifer Anderson for the Portland Tribune, Thursday, June 6, 2013
"ACCESS enrollment a turning point for many PPS students
One of Portland Public Schools’ most popular programs can finally open up its doors — just a crack — to meet demand."
Schools Failing Gifted Kids, Parents say by Todd Murphy for the Portland Tribune
School for gifted students hard to ACCESS by Jennifer Anderson for the Portland Tribune, Thursday, March 21, 11:00
"....Despite the facility squeeze, ACCESS families feel better about their TAG child’s education than families at other schools, according to results of the parent survey of TAG services, conducted last summer.
The results, which were made available this month, show that ACCESS parents’ responses were uniformly positive on all 14 questions.
No other school’s responses were positive for more than eight questions.
Most of the survey data is glaring. For example:
Eighty-three percent of PPS parents feel that the TAG services at their child’s school had no impact on improving their child’s academic performance. ...."
Changes will improve TAG education (editorial) by Mark Feldman for the Portland Tribune, Thursday, March 21, 2013
"...The only way out of this crisis is to recognize that TAG students have the same rights as special education and all other students anywhere on the spectrum to access an appropriate educational environment. Using $1,100 more per school for more enrichment activities would not even come close to making this happen...."
Demand High, Space Small At Program For Gifted Portland Students by Rob Manning for OPB | March 14, 2013 624 a.m. | Updated March 14, 2013 354 p.m. | Portland, Oregon
"Over the next few weeks, parents around Oregon will make choices about where they want their kids to attend school next year. But limited space indesirable programs means many students won’t get into the programs they prefer. Some schools are especially tough. One of them is the ACCESS Academy – a program for Portland's top Talented and Gifted students. Growth pressure is forcing the program to move...."
TAG failures squander students' potential by Margaret DeLacy for the Portland Tribune, Thursday, March 7, 2013
"The Oregon Talented and Gifted mandate passed 26 years ago, long enough for two generations of students to go all the way through school. Its promise has never been fulfilled, harming both the students and our state. "
"TAG tries to find its way out of crisis" by Jennifer Anderson for the Portland Tribune, Thursday, February 21, 2012
"State funds for TAG have been on the decline for years, and there are no federal funds available since it is a state-defined and state-mandated program. Many parents who’ve been fighting for years to see that their TAG students’ needs are tended to see that as a crying shame."
Gifted students want a home of their own: Access Academy kids present ideas to solve space problem By Jennifer Anderson
The Portland Tribune, Feb 11, 2010, Updated Feb 13, 2010
"They might be the smartest kids in the district, but when it comes to classroom space, the students at Portland Public Schools’ Access Academy don’t get any special privileges.The program for highly gifted students is overcrowded – which is also a problem at a number of other district schools where students must squeeze into ill-fitting spaces after enrollment bursts, or as a result of the district’s K-8 reconfiguration two to three years ago.
Portland's TAG Program Not Up To State Standards by Bilal Qureshi for Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, OR March 7, 2008 917 a.m.
"Parents who challenged the Talented and Gifted programs in Portland Schools now have an answer. The Oregon Department of Education has decided that the district’s TAG programs do not meet state standards.....
"State Begins Investigation Of Portland Schools' Gifted Program" by Rob Manning for Oregon Public Broadcasting, May 4, 2007
"Schools fall down on TAG service delivery" by Lisa Lednicer for the Portland Oregonian, November 29, 2007
Review faults program for talented students: Access at Sabin falls short in instructional hours, other areas By Jennifer Anderson, The Portland Tribune, Apr 17, 2007
"Portland Public Schools’ Access program — the district’s only separate program for talented and gifted children — is out of compliance with state standards on five counts, a recent report found.....
The scrutiny of the Access program is happening on a parallel track to a broader review under way of the TAG offerings district wide....The purpose is to find out whether the TAG program is in compliance with Oregon Administrative Rules that govern its operation."
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"Portland schools' gifted program gets poor grades: The district is working on solutions for Access after parents complain" by Paige Parker, The Oregonian Thursday, May 31, 2007
"Parents ask if gifted kids get all they need: TAG program varies from school to school within the district" By Jennifer Anderson The Portland Tribune Oct 30, 2006
"Questions Of Bias Surround ODE-Charter School Squabble" By Rob Manning for Oregon Public Broadcasting, September 9, 2006:
"The Oregon Department of Education recently drew the ire of charter school supporters when it cracked down on admissions policies at Oregon's fastest-growing charter school. But ODE's fast action also got the attention of other school advocates, who have criticized the state for years for lax enforcement of other violations."
"Schools stay under the ‘gifted’ gun" by Todd Murphy for the Portland Tribune Tue, May 17, 2005
"A Multnomah County Circuit judge has sided with a group of Portland parents and told the Oregon Department of Education it must reconsider its ruling that the Portland school district was providing appropriate educational services to the district’s “talented and gifted” children......."
Order of the Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Granting Petitioners' Motion for Summary Judgment, August 9, 2005
Re-evaluation of TAG programs ordered by Besty Hammond for the Portland Oregonian
A judge tells Oregon to determine whether schools are doing enough for talented-and-gifted students
Court Hands TAG Parents Victory By Rob Manning for Oregon Public Broadcasting
PORTLAND, OR 2005-05-13 (OPB Radio) - A group of Portland-area parents has been battling education officials for seven years over the identification and instruction of Talented and Gifted students. Yesterday afternoon, they got a measure of satisfaction. Immediately after hearing oral arguments, a Multnomah County Circuit Judge
ruled that the Department of Education could not defend the legality of Portland's procedures.......
Parents Contest State Decision on TAG Program By Rob Manning for OPB
Oregon State Department of Education issues Final Findings releasing Portland Public Schools from the TAG complaint; parents appeal
"Seven years have passed, and Margaret DeLacy is still waiting.
In 1997, a group of Portland parents led by DeLacy filed a complaint with the Oregon Department of Education. Their complaint charged that the Portland school district wasn't giving their kids the schooling that state law mandated for "talented and gifted" children.
Seven years later -- DeLacy's talented and gifted 10th-grader of back then now is nearing college graduation -- DeLacy and the other parents still are waiting for the state's investigation to be completed. And they're waiting, the parents say, for sanctions against the Portland school district, or forced changes in what one parent calls the "pathetic" way the district educates most intellectually gifted kids.
For the parents, the issue is not about smart kids getting special treatment. It is about the Portland schools complying with state law, they said. And, the parents said, it is about not putting children in educational situations that can cause them to become depressed, to think they're mentally ill, or to get bored and drop out of school."
See also: Oregon State Department of Education issues Amended Order concerning TAG complaint.
Fewer TAG students exceed standards: District notes advanced students need challenge
By Mackenzie Ryan for the Statesman Journal, October 15, 2008
"Although more students overall achieved state standards in the Salem-Keizer School District last year, fewer talented and gifted students are exceeding standards.
"This is something we really need to pay attention to," Deputy Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich said. "Our talented and gifted students, we really want more of them to be challenged at a higher level....."
State's schools chief approves TAG upgrades By Tracy Loew for the Statesman Journal May 30, 2008
Salem — State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo has approved the Salem-Keizer School District's plan to improve its services to Talented and Gifted students......
District removed from TAG lawsuit: Salem-Keizer group may appeal judge's decision by Tracy Loew for the Statesman Journal, May 15, 2008
The Salem-Keizer School District no longer is part of a lawsuit brought against it and the state by parents upset about services provided to gifted students....
District offers plan to fix gifted-student program: State must approve S-K's proposal; funding is at stake By Tracy Loew for the Statesman Journal May 13, 2008
"Salem-Keizer School District has completed a plan to improve services to Talented and Gifted students.
In February, after an 11-month investigation, the state cited the district for two violations of state TAG laws in its middle- and high-school programs. State officials gave the district until Monday to outline solutions.
District officials said they think the plan, submitted to the state Friday, addresses all of the problems found in the investigation....."
School district long has failed TAG students: Lawsuit verdict shows what many parents have argued unsigned editorial in the Salem Statesman-Journal, February 17, 2008
"For years, the Salem-Keizer School District has told its most creative, questioning students, in effect Help yourselves to extra work if you're bored. Our hands are too full with struggling students to give you much time.
That has driven many parents nuts. They've reasoned, rightly, that talented and gifted kids deserve teachers' attention just as much as any other group...."
Leadership lacking from ODE and Castillo commentary by Bill Church for the Salem Statesman-Journal, February 17, 2008
"State Sen. Peter Courtney recently did a Larry, Curly and Mo on the Oregon Department of Human Services brass at a hearing about the state hospital and its, ahem, "problems."
Perhaps the Senate president should convene a hearing with Susan Castillo, the state superintendent of public instruction. If anyone needs a verbal poke, it's the head of the Oregon Department of Education.
Two ODE-related stories last week earned plus-size headlines on the front page. Neither story is a resume-builder for ODE's titular leader, whose name always seems to pop up whenever politicos talk about who will run for governor in 2010...."
Talented and Gifted students program is violating law, state says
Salem-Keizer's TAG curriculum is cited for two infractions by
TRACY LOEW for the Statesman Journal, Wednesday, February 13, 2008
"The Salem-Keizer School District is not complying with state laws regarding the education of Talented and Gifted students, an 11-month state investigation concludes.
The investigation report, released by the school district late Tuesday, cites the district for two violations of the law in its middle and high school programs:
# Not having in place any system for assessing TAG students' accelerated rates or levels of learning, and not providing appropriate instruction at an accelerated rate or level of learning for TAG students.
# Not providing an opportunity for parents to provide input and discuss programs and services to be received by their children.
The district must submit a plan within 90 days detailing how it will correct the violations. It will have until the 2008-09 school year to implement the changes....
The report comes a week after frustrated parents filed a lawsuit to force the investigation's completion. It took nine months longer than allowed under state statutes....
TAG report delay leads parents to file lawsuit by TRACY LOEW for the Statesman Journal
Thursday, February 7, 2008
"Gifted-students program investigation by the state is nine months past deadline
Salem-Keizer parents frustrated by repeated delays in a state investigation into the district's Talented and Gifted program are suing to force its completion.
The lawsuit, filed this week in Marion County Circuit Court, claims that the Oregon Department of Education has failed to act in good faith.
It asks the court to order the state to complete the investigation, which has taken nine months longer than allowed under state statute....."
Parents upset about pace of investigation: They have asked state to look into education for talented, gifted kids by Tracy Loew, for the Statesman Journal, December 7, 2007
"A group of parents advocating for talented and gifted students say they're frustrated that the state has taken nine months to investigate their complaints about the Salem-Keizer School District's programs. That's six months longer than allowed by state statute.
But state education officials say their hands are tied by insufficient funding.
The Salem-Keizer Student/Parent Advocacy Group filed 33 complaints about the district's TAG services with the state in March 2007....."
Salem-Keizer Parents Lament Lack of Gifted Programs by Tracy Loew, for the Statesman Journal, November 7, 2007
State to address complaints about TAG: Parents say S-K curriculum has shortcomings by Tracy Loew, for the Statesman Journal, November 3, 2007
"State officials say the Salem-Keizer School District may not be complying with state laws requiring adequate education services for Talented and Gifted students.
The Oregon Department of Education launched an investigation into the district's middle school and high school TAG programs last spring, in response to parent complaints......"
State presses Sisters schools on TAG by Tia Duerrmeyer, the Sisters Nugget, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2007
"The Sisters School District has been ordered by the state to further improve its programs for its Talented and Gifted (TAG) students.
Sisters has been found "conditionally standard" regarding programs and services it provides to TAG students. That means Sisters' TAG program is out of compliance with state standards.
As a result the state superintendent of public instruction Susan Castillo has ordered $5,000 be withheld monthly from operating funds the district receives. The funds will be withheld until the district corrects its deficiencies......."
State says TAG is lacking in St. Helens School District, By Wendy Owen, The Oregonian
December 09, 2009, 6:03PM
"It's not often that a school district gets dinged for violating the state TAG mandate, but that's what happened to the St. Helens School District in November.
The Oregon Department of Education found the district out of compliance in its effort to identify students for TAG programs and to provide TAG programs and services. The school district has less than 90 days to develop a plan to fix the problems. If the state approves the plan, the district has another year to implement it, according to a letter from the Oregon Department of Education to St. Helens Superintendent Patricia Adams......"
State to St. Helens: Step up your TAG program: Oregon Department of Education wants to see a better plan By Erica Ryberg The South County Spotlight, Dec 9, 2009
"Last month, ODE ...notified the district that its policies were out of compliance in that the district didn’t make provisions for the students to receive an ‘academically talented’ identification in grades K-1 – ...ODE also said the district needed a written plan for the programs and services it provides TAG students....."
Parents take concerns about Talented and Gifted program to Tigard-Tualatin School Board by Sally Ho, The Oregonian
Published Monday, November 28, 2011, 1151 PM Updated Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 1111 AM
Tigard-Tualatin Schools to host meeting for Talented and Gifted in light of parent concerns by Sally Ho for the Oregonian,
November 30, 2011
Tigard-Tualatin parents take aim at TAG program: District will look into options for gifted students
By Geoff Pursinger The Times, Mar 15, 2012
"Tigard-Tualatin School District Superintendent Rob Saxton said he plans to make Talented and Gifted students more of a priority.
Parents of TAG students have complained for months that the district hasn’t paid enough attention to the program, and have asked repeatedly for a parent advisory committee to address TAG issues and report back to the School Board".
Parents again push Tigard-Tualatin School District on Talented and Gifted program by Sally Ho for The Oregonian
on January 31, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Talented plus Gifted Equals Trouble by Rob Manning for OPB (state meetings) http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/opb/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=614788
"Educators Focus on Lifting Gifted Students" by Anne Williams for the Eugene Register
Guard March 16, 2004
Oregon TAG education lacking, says report; by Amy Wang for The Oregonian Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 8:08 AM Updated: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 8:08 AM
"As of this fall, all 197 Oregon public school districts have put in writing their plans for supporting the state's 40,375 Talented and Gifted students.
It's one step toward resolving "The Quiet Crisis in Talented and Gifted Education in the State of Oregon" -- as an Oct. 1 report to the Oregon Legislature's Interim Legislative Education Committees describes the current state of TAG education in Oregon......"
Oregon Senate bill could bring 'massive cuts' in education by Betsy Hammond, for The Oregonian
Monday April 27, 2009, 8:18 PM
Oregon schools would not be required to teach a full school year, have a counselor or librarian on staff, provide services to gifted students, buy new textbooks, teach anti-drug lessons or report to the public on their results for the next two school years under a bill the Senate Education Committee approved Monday.
The measure was described by advocates as streamlining reporting requirements. Schools would not have to report how many minutes of physical education they teach, account for the results of $130 million in school improvement funds they're spending this school year or measure whether kindergartners enter school ready to learn.
But Senate Bill 441 goes much further than that.
It would also allow schools to pare or end programs and services that have long been required: guidance counseling, school libraries, talented and gifted education, drug and alcohol prevention and updated textbooks. The measure would allow school districts to offer as few hours and days of school as they choose. ...
"TAG, You're It": a one-hour call-in program about Talented and Gifted education in Oregon aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting February 18, 2008, with an associated blog. Streaming audio:
"Purse strings loosen slightly for gifted students, their parents" 03/17/2007
"Leading Minds Left Behind" by Anne Williams, Eugene Register Guard, Monday, Dec. 25, 2006
"Gimre Siblings Thrive as 'Exceptionally At-Risk' Kids" a radio story by Rob Manning of Oregon Public Broadcasting, August 22, 2005. Profile of the Gimres with comments by Jan Davidson. Text version: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/opb/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=809935
Conference Focuses on Needs of Gifted Students by Rob Manning for OPB http://publicbroadcasting.net/opb/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=699587
The disparities of college prep by Paige Parker for the Oregonian
"Oregon Scores Stay High on ACT tests" by Betsy Hammond for the Oregonian http://www.oregonlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news/1061380656263600.xml?oregonian?lced
Sounds good? Read the rest:
"...Oregon students who took the ACT test, "indicated they feel boxed in by their choice of courses
Nearly one in three Oregon students who took the ACT reported that they were dissatisfied with the number and variety of courses offered at their high school. About 43 percent said they were satisfied with the courses offered; the rest were neutral. Nationally, students were significantly more positive about their choice of high school courses.
Richard Ferguson, chief executive of the ACT, said the lack of preparation for college math and science was particularly striking among African American students, suggesting they are not getting the counseling or rigorous coursework they need in high school."
"Summer Lessons Tackle Neglect of Bright Young Minds" by Elena Lesley for the Oregonian, East Metro edition, July 2003.
"Underachievers aren't the only students who need attention.
The brightest minds in a class are often neglected by teachers who assume that good students can do their work with little instruction, said Kristine Fosback, a Reynolds School District teacher for 25 years. Just the opposite is true, she said.
"We have to feed that thirst for knowledge," she said. "There are so many programs for children below grade level, but children above grade level have just as many needs. They need to be challenged; they need to work hard; they need friends they have something in common with."
"Bright Students, Dim Budgets" by Wendy Lawton for the Oregonian
"half of the state's school systems during the 2001-02 school year didn't set aside a cent to test and teach their most academically accomplished students. ...Faced with the possibility of closing schools early or jacking up class sizes, districts are eliminating instruction programs, slashing teacher training and whacking testing and supply budgets.
When sharp kids aren't challenged, research shows, they often tune out, act out or drop out. With money for Oregon's gifted and talented students at the lowest point in nearly two decades, parents and educators worry that some of the state's 45,000 gifted and talented students will fall through the cracks."
"Clarion Call to Action" An article by Melissa Steineger for the NW Regional Educational Laboratory http://www.nwrel.org/nwedu/fall_97/article3.html
National News on G/T issues
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) offers a roundup of gifted education news from around the world (most articles are from the US) at
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