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:
OATAG (The Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted) is seeking nominations for the upcoming election, as well as board members to fill existing vacancies.
We would like to inform you that there will be a hearing for House Bill 2419 in the Oregon House Education Committee on Monday at 3:00 in Hearing Room F.
This billl would fund district services to Talented and Gifted (TAG) students in Oregon.
The funding increases in steps:
Questions can be referred to OATAG's government relations chair, Margaret DeLacy, email@example.com at 503-774-7017.
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The Oregon Legislature's Joint Ways and Means Committee has announced Budget Town Halls throughout the state starting this evening in Salem. The schedule for the meeting is below.
Over the past few months, the Directors of the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted have spent considerable time and effort in overhauling the structure and philosophy of our organization.
OATAG was created in the 1980's. Since that time society has evolved considerably. Social media and the internet now play prominent roles in the lives of most, if not all, Oregonians. It was time for OATAG to evolve and change, and evolve and change we did. The foundation for this change was a complete and total overhaul of the bylaws, which were edited and revised to reflect the changing priorities of twenty-first century families.
There are many new and exciting things to expect in the coming months as OATAG implements this new vision. Here is a partial list of those changes:
OATAG is actively looking for individuals to help us with many conferences around the state. It's really easy to set up, no experience and only minimal effort required. For more information please click below.
Even though OATAG no longer publishes A Different Drummer, our archives may have articles of interest to you. To view those archives of The Drummer, click the OATAG Drive button in the sidebar.
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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