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.
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.
To qualify for the GATE program a student must meet one of the following three requirements:
1. Score within the advanced range 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.
2. Score 95% or above on the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). OLSAT is offered in the
fall to students in 3rd to 6th grade and in summer for students in 7th grade. Testing dates will be posted on our website this fall. Check our OLSAT page for further details. Students must wait one full year between tests.
3. Qualify based on results from an IQ (WISC-IV, Stanford-Binet) test given by a California licensed educational psychologist. The test must be administered after 2nd grade year 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.
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.
August 4 , 2014 Update
3rd-6th Grade: We have emailed all 3rd-6th Grade students who qualified for GATE-identification through the Multiple Criteria Model (MCM). (Please note: If your child was already GATE-identified through OLSAT, you will not be receiving an email.)
Each school will handle placement of GATE-identified students in GATE clusters from the information provided directly from the GATE Department. There is no need to "enroll" your student in the GATE programs. There are GATE programs in every IUSD Elementary and Middle School.
If your 3rd-6th Grade student was not identified, and you would like to receive your student’s MCM scores, please fill out the form here: GATE Correspondence. Only requests submitted through this form will be processed. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the GATE identification process, please use this form as well.
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. 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.