Links for Portland Parents of Talented and Gifted Children




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(see "Media reports" and "state/federal for other Oregon districts)



Portland TAG appeal

PPS TAG appeal Timeline

Oregon Department of Education letter finding Portland in compliance, July 1, 2011 (finds PPS in compliance)

Oregon Department of Education letter to Portland Public Schools, May 31, 2011

Department of Education findings, July 8, 2010  (find PPS still out of compliance in some areas)

Oregon Department of Education letter to Portland, November 11, 2009 

My letter to the Department of Education concerning TAG compliance, October 11, 2009

Oregon Department of Education cover letter to parents, June 11, 2009

Oregon Department of Education issues a letter finding Portland still out of compliance, May 11, 2009

Revised Portland (final) TAG Compliance Plan, June 30, 2008 (note: final page is illegible in original)

transcript of final page

Portland TAG Compliance Plan May 29, 2008

       Third Compliance order and letter from the Oregon Department of Education (February 28, 2008)


Second (amended) Compliance order from the Oregon Department of Education (March 2001)

Circuit Court Order

(for appeals from other Oregon school districts, see state/federal )


Portland TAG Advisory Council (TAGAC) papers

PPS TAG advisory council recommended framework for improved TAG services,  calls for more ability grouping, acceleration, increased TAG staff, growth in ACCESS, better reporting.

Research-Based Best Practices and Recommendations for Talented and Gifted Services in Portland Public Schools, Compiled by the Portland Public Schools Talented and Gifted Advisory Council, June 4, 2007
Cover letter accompanying the Best Practices report, submitted to the Student Achievement Committee, June 6, 2007
Office of Talented and Gifted - Draft Strategic Plan, June 2007
TAG Advisory Council Year-End Report for 2006-07
TAGAC feedback on TAG Strategic Plan draft, November, 2007
Reply to TAGAC by Judy Elliott, Chief, Office of Teaching and Learning, March 6, 2008.

Portland Public Schools, TAG Program Review 10/08/04   Conducted by Barbara Maurer

Portland Public Schools, Parent Comments on 2012 TAG  Survey, sorted by school (.pdf file)  

Portland Public Schools

Portland Public Schools' main home page: includes information about individual schools, the central administration, and the school board. 

The TAG department homepage,

 provides information about the TAG department, and school district policies, including the school district's "Framework" for providing TAG services. It is possible to find this page as a link from the main PPS homepage but it takes some searching. Select "directory" and then look in the list of "departments, services, projects."

The TAG department director, Andrew Johnson,

TAG office: 503-916-3358 (at Rice school)

6433 NE Tillamook

Portland, Oregon 97213

 FAX 503-916-3296


Organization Chart:



Framework for Meeting the Needs of TAG students (June 1996, revised June 1998)


ACCESS alternative program for very gifted students (located at Sabin School)

"Draft five" of the ACCESS proposal

Board Resolution approving the ACCESS program


Program Review: Portland Public Schools Services for Talented and Gifted. Carried out by consultant Barbara Maurer for the PPS TAG department 2002-03 ( .pdf files)

TAG Advisory Council


Portland School District Board Instructional Policies relevant to TAG:

Contact the PPS Ombudsman:

Judi Martin
District Ombudsman

 Portland Public School district complaint policy and procedure:

For Oregon state standards complaints, see below or here

Portland Public School district Section 504 Manual (for students with disabilities) http//

PPS Board of Education:
(The board is comprised of volunteers elected by zone, but serve all of Portlandís residents)


PPS Administration:
The main phone number for PPS is 503-916-2000,
Carole Smith, Superintendent:
Calendar of events:


Gifted children in Portland Public Schools: stories


Other local resources:

XL-PDX See below, to subscribe to the list for Portland area parents


Portland Gifted Education Examiner, a blog written by Laurie Fry

ASPIRE: a project of Americorps to provide mentoring and college application assistance to Oregon students


McMinnville School District TAG page Well designed and helpful with advice for teachers and parents and a good assortment of links to local and national resources. Recommended


Chalkboard Project A collaborative effort among five Oregon foundations to raise public awareness on education issues.


Community and Parents for Public Schools of Portland: the local branch of a national organization: (also offers an e-mail list--see below)


Different Minds Gifted/2e Community Resource Center: A business that provides academic support, small group meetings, and individual sessions for gifted and/or twice-exceptional students and family members


East Metro TAG Network  made up of community members and district TAG representatives from Centennial, Corbett, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Oregon Trail, Reynolds, and Parkrose school districts


Mensa, the Oregon branch of this national and international social organization for individuals with aptitude test scores above the 98th percentile:


OHSU Center for Diversity and Minority Affairs offers a variety of services for gifted youth in underrepresented populations including academic advising, internships and mentorships, and enrichment programs  Other student opportunities are listed from time to time on the Area Health Education Centers Program page at


OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers camps, classes and events in addition to their exhibits


Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted,   OATAG also offers an e-mail "listserv" for parents and TAG teachers, staff, administrators and coordinators, through Yahoo groups. You can subscribe just to this list through the OATAG website.   If you already have a Yahoo username and password, you can just add this group to your list.   You can set up a Yahoo account by obtaining a username and password and then add this list to your groups.  You can also subscribe directly by e-mail by sending a message to  The message should read "subscribe" and the subject of the message should read "subscribe"

Portland Schools Foundation offers grants to local schools and teachers

Saturday Academy offers classes for students throughout the year

"SpectrumAPP" a site maintained by parents of students in gifted programs in Seattle. This site is tied to an e-mail discussion list, but the list requires registration and a password. 

XL-PDX a list for parents of Portland area TAG students

If you already have a Yahoo username and password, you can just add this group to your list.

 You can set up a Yahoo account by obtaining a username and password and then add this list to your groups.  You can also subscribe directly by e-mail by sending a message to The message should read "subscribe" and the subject of the message should read "subscribe"