Talented and gifted. It’s more than just praise. Public school students who are categorized as TAG are supposed to be offered an educational program that will challenge and benefit them specifically. In Oregon, the state requires that TAG students get special attention, but there’s no funding or extra resources behind that mandate.
For years, parents of TAG students around the state have said their kids’ needs were going unmet. Lawsuits have triggered investigations in several districts, including Portland, Salem, and Sisters, but they’ve done little to resolve the issue.
The big question is — what works? And what will it take to put that into practice? Are TAG programs serving the students they aim to, or leaving them bored? What’s your experience with the Talented and Gifted program — as a parent, teacher, or student… in TAG or not?
- Margaret DeLacy: Former president of the Advisory Committee for Portland’s Talented and Gifted schools
- Kathy Keim: Director of student services for Parkrose School District