Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program

Talented & Gifted Coordinator: Shayne Ochoa

Phone: (503)556-3777, ext 413


The Rainier School District is committed to an educational program that recognizes, identifies, and serves the unique needs of talented and gifted students. Talented and gifted students are those who have been identified as academically talented and/or intellectually gifted.

To request more information about the program please complete this form: https://forms.gle/k5LUbnzqsqvagWyG7


Students are identified through a case study approach based on a collection of evidence, not a single test score.  The case study includes confirming learning and performance information from parents, teachers, and the student, if appropriate. When a student is identified, parent(s) are notified.

Students are identified in one or more of the following areas

Intellectually Gifted:

Students score at or above the 97th percentile on a nationally standardized test of mental ability, using Full Scale Score or Composite Score. Sub-test cannot be used.

Academically Talented:

Students score at the 97th percentile on a nationally standardized test in either Total Reading or Total Mathematics.  Individual sub-test scores cannot be used.

Oregon State Assessment or an individually administered assessment


Potential to Perform at or above the 97th Percentile:

Those students who score within a few percentage points of the 97th percentile on either a test of cognitive or academic ability and have extenuating circumstances that are perceived to be a barrier to their achievement.

Students who are twice-exceptional, ELL, economically disadvantaged, or exhibit other specific barriers to their performance are considered.


Students who qualify for the TAG program receive support in developing a Personal Education Plan that can allow for students to work at their own rate and level.

The TAG Coordinator is available to assist in differentiating the rate and level of instruction and by helping to identify resources and strategies to enhance classroom instruction. 

At grade K-6, teachers will differentiate instruction to meet the needs of TAG students. This may mean individual assignments, extended assignments, special projects or more.

At grade 7-12, teachers will again differentiate instruction to meet the needs of TAG students; however, other options include advanced courses, virtual courseware (Internet) courses, or other enrichment opportunities as coordinated by the TAG Coordinator.

For more information about TAG programs statewide, please check out the Oregon Department of Education website