Ashland, Ore.– Students at the Ashland School District with the talented and gifted designation aren’t receiving the level of instruction they are required as outlined by the state.
The Ashland School District was observed in January after a concerned parent filed an appeal on the implementation of the talented and gifted or TAG program.
Matt Richards says he just wants to see TAG kids be challenged.
“The problem is it just hasn’t really been implemented,” Richards says. “It’s easy for some things to maybe fall through the cracks sometimes and so I hope that this just spurs them to say hey this a piece that we need to do a better job on.”
The Oregon Department of Education’s report shows the Ashland School District does not meet the minimum TAG standards.
The district must submit a corrective action plan to the state by June and have successfully implemented it by the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year. If not, the district is in danger of losing funding from the state.
District officials say they have been working with the state since August to improve the TAG program. They say they will be compliant by June 15th and do not expect to lose funding.