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Identification

Academy District 20 follows the Colorado Department of Education standards for identifying TAG students who are capable of high performance and/or exceptional learning behaviors. This body of evidence may include a variety of assessments including, but not limited to: 

  • Achievement assessments
  • Ability assessments
  • Classroom observation
  • Evidence from state and national performance ratings
  • Parent recommendations
  • TAG Advanced Learning Plans (ALP)
  • Teacher recommendations

All TAG students have an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) which includes academic and affective goals.  To ensure rigor and engagement, plans and goals are developed using a team approach between the TAG teachers/coordinators, students, families and classroom teachers. ALPs are consistently monitored and modified. 

TAG Programming

Programming needs are individually considered. Accelerated academic programming helps TAG students perform better, grow intellectually and improves post-secondary performance. TAG programming includes:

  • Traditional full-day classroom opportunities where differentiation strategies are used for all learners
  • Partial (pull-out) classroom opportunities where identified students work directly in a separate classroom with a dedicated TAG teacher
  • Partial (push-in) classroom opportunities where identified students are served in their regular classroom by a dedicated TAG teacher
  • Parallel teaching where the classroom and TAG teacher co-plan and deliver instruction

TAG programming examples may include:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) classes
  • Dual enrollment
  • Enrichment and acceleration of regular classroom curriculum
  • Honors classes
  • Independent studies
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)®
  • Mentorships
  • University level classes