The GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program is designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of students who have demonstrated an intellectual capability that exceeds what is typical for their age range. IUSD provides cluster groups at all elementary and middle school sites for their GATE identified students. Students participating in a GATE cluster are placed with an instructor trained in interacting with gifted students, who will encourage them to explore complex ideas and make deeper connections with the instructional material. Once a child is GATE identified, the placement remains valid throughout middle school.
With the recent changes to California’s CST, the GATE Department is reviewing alternative options for IUSD’s GATE-identification. At this time we are working on a multiple criteria model that would include a variety of elements for consideration for GATE identification. We will be finalizing the multiple criteria model in the spring and piloting w/ some teachers and students prior to implementation. Please check back for updates to the process.
All IUSD students are eligible to qualify for the GATE program beginning in 3rd grade and continuing through 8th grade. The program technically begins in 4th grade, so a student that qualifies in 3rd grade will begin GATE instruction the following year.
To become GATE identified, a student must meet one of the following
1. Score 460 or higher in Math and 460 or higher in English Language Arts on the California
State Testing (STAR), taken in the 3rd grade or after and administered each spring.Please Note: California will not be offering the State Testing (STAR) this year, 2013-14. IUSD is currently working on an alternative method to replace this assessment and will post updates as soon as possible. At this time we have not finalized any decisions.
2. Score 95% or above on the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT), which is offered each
fall to students in 3rd to 6th grade and in summer for students in 7th grade.
3. Qualify based on the results of an approved individual IQ test given by a California licensed educational psychologist. The test must be administered during the child's 3rd grade year or afterwards and must not be more than two years old at the time or review. The choice of psychologist is at parent’s discretion, but the results must be reviewed at the District Office for GATE identification. IUSD currently accepts WISC-IV or Stanford-Binet IQ tests as qualifying measures for the GATE program.
All IUSD traditional high schools have honors classes and Advanced Placement (AP) courses open to all students. Eighth grade students applying to high school honors programs will be accepted according to their academic performance and standardized achievement tests from eighth grade. Depending on space available at each site, GATE identification is not required for acceptance into honors or AP high school classes.