Welcome to the Neah-Kah-Nie School District’s Talented and Gifted page.  

TAG referral and identification is a multi-step process.

The first step involves screening all students.

  • Neah-Kah-Nie School District second and fifth graders all take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) annually. The CogAT is a group-administered test that produces results for 3 subtests (Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal) and a composite score combining the child’s performance in the 3 subtest areas.  Students with a composite score of the 97th percentile or higher may qualify for identification as Talented and Gifted.  Children with composite scores lower than the 97th percentile may be considered for identification if there is other evidence of high achievement or ability.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) scores of District students from the third grade up are reviewed each fall for scores of the 97th percentile or higher. The SBAC is a criterion-referenced test which means scores are calculated against a student’s knowledge of the content. The Oregon Department of Education releases a conversion table to convert the SBAC composite score into a percentile that compares the composite score to other test takers.
  • Kindergarten and 1st grade students may be referred for a ‘closer look’ based on classroom assessments, observations, and work samples.
  • Students may be assessed individually outside of the second and fifth grade testing years upon request.

As a result of this screening, a pool of students is identified for a “closer look.”  The next step is the gathering of more information.

  • Forms will be sent to parents of students being looked at more closely for TAG eligibility following the screening process.
  • When the school receives signed permission from the parent to proceed, the team will gather additional data about the student’s behavior, learning, and performance characteristics to determine whether or not s/he meets eligibility criteria. Additional individual testing may also be necessary.  Oregon law requires that the District obtain written parental consent before any individual testing.
  • A single test score does not automatically make a student eligible or ineligible for TAG identification. The law requires multiple criteria. To be identified as a student who is intellectually gifted, the student must score at or above the 97th percentile on a nationally standardized test of mental ability. To be identified as a student who is academically gifted in reading or math, the student must score at or above the 97th percentile on a test of total reading or a test of total mathematics from a nationally standardized test or statewide assessment. Districts may consider lower test scores in their protocol for identifying students who have the potential to perform at the 97th percentile.
  • Parents will be informed of the team’s decision and will have the right to appeal a negative determination.

Parents of students who are found eligible for Talented and Gifted services will meet annually with the school team to develop a TAG plan to address their individual needs.  Secondary teams may opt to implement individual TAG plans or TAG course instructional plans to meet the needs of students within the TAG program.


District TAG Plan and Attachments


Jennifer Holm
Nehalem Elementary

Cherie Hasenoehrl
Garibaldi Grade School

Ashley Atwood
Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School

Esther Troyer
Neah-Kah-Nie High School

Ericka Keefauver
Neah-Kah-Nie School District
Special Student Services Director