The OATAG board developed a set of questions for candidates for Governor. The questionnaires were sent out August 25, 2018 to the three candidates and we informed them that their response to these questions would be shared with parents and teachers across the state. As of 1 October only the Independent Candidate, Patrick Starnes has replied. See his responses HERE
If you are concerned about the lack of funding and services for TAG students now is the time to make your voice heard.
The Oregon Legislature Joint Committee on Student Success is meeting around the state to hear from citizens about their views on public education. Information about the committee, including meeting agendas, is here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017I1/Committees/JCSS/Overview
This committee is considering how to improve student success and includes making a budget proposal. The success of TAG students in Oregon depends on your participation in this process.
There are two meetings scheduled in April and include an opportunity for public testimony. There is also an option for written testimony for anyone who is unable to attend the meetings.
April 24 – Baker High School
April 25 – Hermiston High School
April 26 – Field trip in Arlington (No public hearing)
Luke Donaldson of Coquille, Oregon is the recipient of the 2018 OATAG Young Scholar Award.
Luke, who came highly recommended by his teachers, is in the eighth grade at Coquille Junior High School. He was selected for this honor based on his academic and intellectual ability in addition to leadership and community service. Luke is a leader within his school exemplifying initiative, conscientiousness, and perseverance. Luke participates and excels in extracurricular activities including Knowledge Bowl and National Geographic Bee. He volunteers at South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve where as a two-year old he first developed his interest in estuaries, the ocean, and the beach environment. Luke says, “Ultimately it is my dream to find a solution to the trash that fills the ocean and litters our beaches.”
Kylie Ostrin, a 5th grader from Albany who attends North Albany Elementary was selected as a runner-up based on her strong academics and citizenship.
The $500 Scholarship that goes to the winner is funded by private donations. You can assist with this scholarship by making a directed donation to OATAG.
From Margaret DeLacy, OATAG President
This fall, after a process that included reviewing, relocating and renumbering many state education standards, the State Board of Education resolved to require all districts to provide annual reports on their compliance with the Division 22 standards for public schools. Districts were required to report on their compliance with these standards, which include the TAG mandate, to their school board and community by FEBRUARY 1. The reports were to be made accessible to community members on the district's website by that date.
Please check and make sure your district has posted this important information concerning its compliance with Oregon's standards for the education, health and safety of the children entrusted to its care. If the district hasn't done so, a gentle reminder would probably be in order, given that the rule was just strengthened after a hiatus of two years. If a gentle reminder is not sufficient, please let your school board (and OATAG) know. This reporting rule is itself a Division 22 standard, and a failure to follow the process can itself be the subject of a complaint and appeal to the Department of Education.
The three rules that create the Oregon TAG mandate are among these Division 22 standards. They require identification, parent involvement, and instruction at TAG students' assessed level and rate of learning. Check to see whether your district is in compliance with these standards. If your district claims to be in compliance, and you disagree, it is time to take further action to bring this problem to its attention.
The revised Division 22 rule on "Compliance and Reporting on Standards" (581-022-2305) can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website by clicking HERE
According to our recently-adopted bylaws, OATAG offers you several levels of involvement:
Q: My child is in a school that isn't meeting his/her needs. There doesn't appear to be any focus on supporting challenge education for gifted children. What can I do?
OATAG (The Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted) is seeking nominations for the upcoming election, as well as board members to fill existing vacancies.
By Margaret DeLacy, Ph.D.
Vice President, OATAG
The Oregon State Board of Education is considering changes to the policies concerning complaints and appeals.
Below is my summary of the most important changes, followed by a link to the proposed language in the materials submitted to the Board, the hearing schedule, a note from Emily Nazarov concerning opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process and finally, a note from the Department of Education explaining the Department's current policy when districts fail to follow the process laid out in the OARs. If you wish to comment or participate, please be sure to submit any comments for the Board in good time: at least two days before the hearing takes place. As the rules are currently being revised, you may wish to comment on that too.
OATAG advocates for the needs of talented and gifted children, serves as a resource for families, educators, and communities, and provides direction for excellence in education.
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