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.
May 2015 Update
We have begun the process of reviewing 3rd - 6th grade students for GATE-identification
using the Multiple Criteria Model. Parents will be notified via email by June 17th.
Each school district in California incorporates its own GATE-identification qualifications. IUSD begins identifying students at the end of 3rd grade; the GATE program begins in 4th grade.
GATE Identification is available in Parent Portal’s "Student Profile", under the "Gate" category; 1 = GATE, 2 = APAAS, 3 = GATE & APAAS; If this area is blank, the student is not GATE Identified.
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 by June 15th via email.
2. Private Assessment
Private assessments are accepted as part of the evaluation process for students who have recently moved to IUSD and participated in a GATE program in previous district. The IQ test must have been provided by a licensed educational psychologist and completed after the student was in 2nd grade. If you have additional questions and/or concerns regarding private assessments, please email Victoria Vosbigian (firstname.lastname@example.org).
3. OLSAT (Otis-Lennon School Ability Test)
The OLSAT (a fee-based test option) assesses student's thinking and 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 prefers to review students through a more holistic approach, rather than a one-time assessment. At this time, IUSD may continue to offer OLSAT for the 2015-16 school year for parents wishing to have their student assessed through this measurement.
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 (1st & 2nd trimester grades, Renaissance Reading results, easyCBM math scores, and the Creativity Analysis.) 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 June 17th.
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 (1st & 2nd trimester grades, Renaissance Reading results and easyCBM math scores.) 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 June 17th.
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. For more information about GATE, please see our GATE FAQ's.
2. What information will parents receive regarding Multiple Criteria scores?
Parents of students exceeding the threshold (top 25% of each grade level) will receive scores translated to a quantitative value for each category. The scores will include the student’s 1st trimester grades, 2nd trimester grades, test scores for STAR Renaissance (reading assessment), easyCBM (math assessment), and, for 3rd grade students, the Creativity Analysis score.
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.
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