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Talented & Gifted

Contact Information

Erica Gordon,
Director of Special Services


What is Gifted?

"Students with gifts and talents perform—or have the capability to perform—at higher levels compared to others of the same age, experience, and environment in one or more domains. They require modification(s) to their educational experience(s) to learn and realize their potential." --National Association of Gifted Children . Read the full definition here.

TAG and Mt. Angel School District

Mt. Angel School District is committed to identifying students across grade levels who meet the criteria for Talented and Gifted programs.  We believe that intellectually and academically gifted students can be found across all demographics.  In Mt. Angel, we do our best to seek out these students and provide them with an individualized program to meet his/her needs and increase skills in specific content areas and curricular activities. Individualized instruction can take many forms and include: 

  • Accelerated pace of instruction
  • Raising instructional level
  • Changing content
  • Modifying the product required of the student
  • Varying the process by which the student requires knowledge

Combining these approaches is often most supportive.  The classroom teacher is responsible for assuring the needs of Talented and Gifted students are met through the implementation of the student's personalized education plan, which are updated annually at Fall Conferences with the student's parent & teacher/s.  Classroom assessment measures are used by teachers to determine the need for differentiation of curriculum.

Mt. Angel School District TAG Plan

TAG Screening

The district uses the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test-3 at the 2nd grade and will be adding an additional screening at the 6th  grade, beginning in the 2023-24 school year. The NNAT-3 is a nonverbal measure of general ability for students in kindergarten through 12th grades.

NNAT-3 “provides a nonverbal, culturally neutral assessment of general ability that is ideal for use with a diverse population. With the use of progressive matrices across grade levels, this versatile test is well-suited for identifying gifted and talented  students" (NNAT3 FAQs, 2018).

For scoring, it provides Naglieri Ability Index (NAI), percentile ranks, stanines, scaled scores, and normal curve equivalents  (NCEs) by age. These score reports allow school teams to determine which students meet criteria by national norms and which students should be considered for further collection of data due to local norms.

See Opt-Out Letter here

Referral Process

If you think your child may be Talented &/Gifted, please look at some of the resources on this page. If you would like to refer your child, please complete the Parent Referral form on this webpage and return to your child's school or contact the TAG Building Coordinator listed on this site.

TAG Contacts (Building and District Level)

Naomi Stadeli - St. Mary's Elementary Nick Sowa - District TAG Coordinator
Beth Schmidgall - Mt. Angel Middle School Erica Gordon - Special Services Director
Rheannon Hernandez - JFK High School Rachel Stucky - Superintendent, Complaint Investigator

Parent Rights

OARS Board Policies & Parent Notifications

OAR 581-022-2325

Identification of Academically Talented and Intellectually Gifted Students

Board Policy IGBB

Talented and Gifted Program

OAR 581-022-2330

Rights of Parents of TAG Students

Board Policy IGBBA

Talented and Gifted Students-Identification
Information on how to appeal district’s decision

OAR 581-022-2500

Programs and Services for Talented and Gifted Students

Board Policy IGBBA-AR

Appeals Procedure for Talented and Gifted Identification and Placement

Board Policy IGBBB

Identification-Talented and Gifted Students among Nontypical Populations


Board Policy IGBBC

Talented and Gifted-Programs and Services


Board Policy IGBBD

TAG Parent Notification and Participation