The GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program is designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of advanced learners. IUSD provides GATE-cluster groups at all elementary and middle school sites. Teachers of GATE-clusters have been provided with professional development specific to meeting the needs of gifted learners. Curriculum and instruction are designed with more complex ideas and require deeper connections through the core content. Once a student is GATE identified, the placement remains valid through middle school.
[GATE Identification is shown in Parent Portal’s "Student Profile" and will be shown under the "Gate" category; 1 = GATE, 2 = APAAS, 3 = GATE & APAAS; If this area is blank, the student is not GATE Identified.]
Each school district in California incorporates its own GATE-identification qualifications. IUSD begins identifying students at the end of 3rd grade; however, the GATE program begins in 4th grade.
IUSD currently recognizes three methods of GATE Identification.
1. Multiple Criteria Model
To qualify for the GATE program a student must score within the advanced range (approximately the top 12% of his/her grade level) through IUSD's Multiple Criteria Model. Sources of information include academic achievement, creativity, written expression, learning characteristics, and mathematical reasoning. Each component is completed at school and will be gathered throughout the year for evaluation.
Final reviews will take place mid-June and parents will be notified during the last week of the school year.
2. Private Assessment
At this time, private assessments are accepted as part of the evaluation process; however, the individual IQ test must be given by a licensed educational psychologist. In accordance with best practices for identifying gifted and advanced learners, and in continuing to provide a more holistic approach to GATE-identification, IUSD is considering removing the private psychologist's assessment as an option for GATE-identification.
3. OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test)
The OLSAT (a fee-based test option) assesses student's thinking/reasoning skills using verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal communication/symbols. In accordance with best practices for identifying gifted and advanced learners, and in continuing to provide a more holistic approach to GATE-identification, IUSD is considering removing OLSAT for the 2015-16 school year as an option for GATE-identification.
More Information Regarding the Multiple Criteria Model for GATE-Identification
All 3rd grade students will be reviewed for GATE-identification. The GATE Department has gathered information for each 3rd grade student (2013 CST scores, 1st & 2nd trimester grades, Renaissance Reading results, and the Creativity Analysis completed in January/February). Based on a review of all students, a threshold score will be defined. For students who exceed the threshold, additional information will be collected (written expression, characteristics, and learning styles) and reviewed for GATE-identification consideration. Parents of GATE-identified students were notified via email by early June.
4th through 6th Grade
All 4th through 6th grade students will be reviewed for GATE-identification. The GATE Department has gathered information for each 4th-6th grade student (2013 CST scores, 1st & 2nd trimester grades, Renaissance Reading results). Based on a review of all students, a threshold score will be defined. For students who exceed the threshold, additional information will be collected (written expression, characteristics, and learning styles) and reviewed for GATE-identification consideration. Parents of GATE-identified students will be notified via email by the end of June.
Frequently Asked Questions about GATE Identification
1. What percentage of students are GATE Identified?
The approximate number of students determined to qualify for GATE is 10% of a student population. However, students are able to qualify in each grade-level from 3rd through 8th. The number of GATE-identified students in IUSD’s 3rd grade is already at 10% from the OLSAT completed in the fall of 2013. Additional students will qualify from the other grades, which will bring the number to approximately 25-30% for the total District.
2. What do the individual Multiple Criteria scores mean?”
Scores were provided a quantitative value for each category. The median scores are listed below from 2013-14's Multiple Criteria Model. For students who exceeded the threshold (determined as the top 25% of students), the GATE Department included additional components: the student’s response to the Writing Prompt and the student’s Characteristics List.
1. Academic Achievement
Average of 1st Trimester (median = 3.0)
Average 2nd Trimester Grades (median = 3.13)
STAR Reading (median = 467)
CST Math (median = 417)
CST ELA (median = 393)
3. Creativity (3rd grade only)
Creativity Analysis (median = 0.382979)
IUSD's High School Honors and Advanced Placement
IUSD's honors classes and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are open to all and will be accepted according to academic performance and achievement tests from eighth grade. GATE identification is not required for acceptance into honors or AP high school classes.