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Qualifying for CUSD GATE Program

GATE Placement Criteria

Students may qualify for placement into the CUSD GATE program by scoring 95% or above on the OLSAT or NNAT assessment or by earning a Multiple Measures Portfolio nomination score of 95 or above.

If there is space available, students who meet the Criteria for High Achievers in GATE Classes are placed in middle school GATE English and social science classes.

Click on the blue links above for an explanation of each assessment/criteria.

CUSD GATE Testing Criteria & Information

CUSD GATE TESTING CRITERIA 2014-2015

  • In the fall, students in grades two through five take a universal screening assessment in math and English Language Arts (ELA), and students in grades six through eight take a universal screening assessment in ELA. This exam is based on the specifications of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and in alignment with Common Core State Standards (CCSS). If you and your child would like to see the types of questions tested, the practice tests by grade level are posted on the following website, http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test.​​
  • The results of the Fall Initial Assessment will be available on the CUSD Parent Portal on December 6, 2014. 
  • Results from these exams will be used to determine criteria for Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test (OLSAT) and Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test (NNAT) assessment in January/February 2015.
  • Click here to view the GATE Testing Criteria for Students New to CUSD.
  • GATE testing begins in third grade. Students who meet the testing criteria are eligible to take the OLSAT or NNAT.  CUSD’s formal GATE program begins in fourth grade.​
  • GATE testing is not offered in 8th through 12th grade as accelerated, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes are open to all high school students. For specific criteria for accelerated, AP, and/or IB classes, please contact your child's academic advisor at his/her high school.​​
  • Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) students who meet the CUSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) testing criteria will be invited to take the or Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test (NNAT) or the Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test (OLSAT). 
  • The CUSD GATE testing criteria and testing dates/times for 2014-2015 are below:

OLSAT

  • The OLSAT will be administered to English speaking students who scored 405 or above on the Fall Initial Assessment.
  • Invitations to take the OLSAT test will be mailed home the first two weeks of December 2014.
  • Testing dates and times cannot be switched.
  • The OLSAT will be administered at Niguel Hills Middle School on the following dates:

OLSAT on Saturday, January 24, 2015

This testing day is for students with the last names beginning with the letters A-K.

  • 1st Session: Last names beginning with the letters A to C: Parent check-in time: 8:15 AM, Pick-up time: 9:30 AM
  • 2nd Session: Last names beginning with the letters D to G: Parent check-in time: 10:15 AM, Pick-up time:11:30 AM
  • 3rd Session: Last names beginning with the letters H to K: Parent check-in time: 12:15 PM, Pick-up time:1:30 PM

OLSAT on Saturday, February 7, 2015

This testing day is for students with the last names beginning with the letters L-Z.

  • 1st Session: Last names beginning with the letters L to O: Parent check-in time: 8:15 AM, Pick-up time: 9:30 AM
  • 2nd Session: Last names beginning with the letters P to S: Parent check-in time: 10:15 AM, Pick-up time:11:30 AM
  • 3rd Session: Last names beginning with the letters T to Z: Parent check-in time: 12:15 PM, Pick-up time:1:30 PM

Make-Up OLSAT on Saturday, February 21, 2015

This testing day is only for students who missed or could not attend their designated  OLSAT testing date or time, above.

  • 1st Session: Last names beginning with the letters A to K: Parent check-in time: 10:15 AM, Pick-up time:11:30 AM
  • 2nd Session: Last names beginning with the letters L to Z: Parent check-in time: 12:15 PM, Pick-up time:1:30 PM

Make-Up OLSAT Applications:

  • Click here to download the Make-Up OLSAT registration form.
  • Make-Up OLSAT registration forms must be received by the GATE office by February 12, 2015.

Important OLSAT Information:

  • Testing dates and times cannot be switched.
  • Parents: There is no registration required for the OLSAT. Simply arrive at your child’s scheduled testing date and check-in time with your child’s OLSAT Testing Ticket Permission Slip.
  • Parents are to hand their child's OLSAT Testing Ticket Permission Slip, located at the bottom of the OLSAT testing invitation, to their child’s testing proctor on the day of his/her test. Students must have a signed testing ticket/permission slip to take the OLSAT.
  • Parents who misplace their child's OLSAT testing invitation may get a replacement invitation from the office manager at their child's school site.

 

NNAT

  • The NNAT will be administered to English Learners (EL) and Redesignated EL students who scored 340 or above on the Fall Initial Assessment.
  • Invitations to take the NNAT test will be sent home with qualifying students through their classroom teacher.
  • Parents are to return their child's testing permission slip, located at the bottom of the testing invitation, to their child’s classroom teacher. Students must have a signed permission slip to take the NNAT.
  • Parents who misplace their child's NNAT testing invitation may get a replacement invitation from the office manager at their child's school site.
  • The NNAT will be administered at school sites.

 

Elementary School Two-Way Immersion Students (TWI)

  • The OLSAT will be administered to TWI students who scored 372 or above on the Fall Initial Assessment.
  • Please refer to the OLSAT testing schedule, above, for your child’s OLSAT testing date and time.

 

Please Note:

  • All students who score at or above the 95th percentile on the OLSAT or NNAT qualify for the Capistrano Unified School District’s GATE program in the fall of 2015. 
  • For more information on CUSD GATE testing, please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tab of the GATE website, http://gate.schoolloop.com.