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Qualifying for CUSD GATE Program

CUSD GATE 16-17 Identification

The Capistrano Unified School District does not accept outside private assessment results.  Our identification process is systematic to allow for equitable access and standardization of identification. Also, only students currently enrolled in a CUSD school are eligible for testing.

 

As CUSD continues to seek out feedback from teachers, administrators, and community stakeholders as well as embark on a plan to collaborate with an outside evaluation research group to examine and refine its current GATE program, we have revised the GATE identification process to include stakeholder feedback. The revised identification process also strives to align itself to the Domains of Giftedness (National Association of Gifted Children https://www.nagc.org/domains-giftedness) as well as current academic content GATE program offerings as we move forward towards collaboratively defining giftedness in CUSD.

 

CUSD is committed to:

  • Providing access to all third grade students and utilizing multiple measures during initial universal screening
  • Providing access/identification at multiple grade levels
  • Utilizing objective measures
  • Considering language and cultural differences
  • Aligning academic measures to current GATE content/program offerings

Third Grade Students

Measures:

  • Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Assessment (NNAT) - The NNAT is a nonverbal, culture-free general cognitive abilities test which aligns to the Intellectual Domain of Giftedness (NAGC).
  • 3rd grade SBA English Language Arts (ELA) Scale Score - The 3rd Grade SBA ELA scale score is a validated assessment aligned to both the Academic Domain of Giftedness (NAGC) and to the current content offerings in the GATE program.         

When:

  • NNAT testing will take place in third grade classrooms mid-late March. School sites will have a two week window to determine the date and will send out notification to families. SBA testing also takes place in classrooms on various dates until the end of the school year.

Current Identification Criteria:

  • NNAT - Students scoring a 98 (age%) or higher will be identified as GATE
  • 2017 SBA ELA - Students whose first language is English who score in the top 10 percentile range of the exceeded category will be identified as GATE (approximate scale score: 2609). Students identified as English Learners who score in the exceeded category will be identified as GATE (scale score: 2490).

Identification Notification:

  • Families of students who meet the GATE identification requirements for the NNAT (98) will be notified via mail approximately June 1, 2017. Also, all families will receive a letter with NNAT results. SBA results are not reported to CUSD until mid-July, therefore notification of SBA Gate identification will be sent to families in early-mid August. Additional information will be provided.

Fourth Grade Students

Measures:

  • 3rd grade (2016) SBA English Language Arts (ELA) Scale Score - The 3rd grade SBA ELA scale score is a validated assessment aligned to both the Academic Domain of Giftedness (NAGC) and to the current content offerings in the GATE program. 
  • 3rd grade NNAT Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Assessment - The NNAT is a nonverbal, culture-free general cognitive abilities test which aligns to the Intellectual Domain of Giftedness (NAGC).
  • 4th grade (2017) SBA English Language Arts (ELA) Scale Score - The 4th grade SBA ELA scale score is a validated assessment aligned to both the Academic Domain of Giftedness (NAGC) and to the current content offerings in the GATE program.

When:

  • NNAT testing took place last year in third grade classrooms during universal screening. These scores will be considered on their own again this year. SBA testing took place last year in classrooms. Fourth grade SBA testing will take place spring 2017 at school sites.

Current Identification Criteria:

  • 2016 SBA ELA - Students whose first language is English who scored in the top 10 percentile range of the exceeded category will be identified as GATE (scale score: 2609). Students identified as English Learners who score in the exceeded category will be identified as GATE (scale score 2490).
  • NNAT - Students scoring a 98 (age%) or higher on their 2016 3rd grade assessment will be GATE identified.
  • 2017 SBA ELA - Students whose first language is English who score in the top 10 percentile range of the exceeded category will be identified as GATE (scale score 2650). Students identified as English Learners who score in the exceeded category will be identified as GATE (scale score 2533).

Identification Notification:

  • Families of students who meet the current GATE identification requirements for the NNAT (98) as well as those who meet the 2016 SBA ELA scale score requirements will receive notification via mail approximately May 15, 2017.
  • CUSD 4th graders will have an additional opportunity to be identified as GATE with the 4th grade 2017 SBA ELA. CUSD receives these embargoed SBA scores in mid-July, therefore, families of students who meet GATE identification criteria will receive letters in early/mid August. School sites will also receive notification.

Fifth Grade Students

Measures:

  • 4th grade (2016) SBA English Language Arts (ELA) Scale Score - The 4th grade SBA ELA scale score is a validated assessment aligned to both the Academic Domain of Giftedness (NAGC) and to the current content offerings in the GATE program.
  • 4th grade NNAT Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Assessment - The NNAT is a nonverbal, culture-free general cognitive abilities test which aligns to the Intellectual Domain of Giftedness (NAGC)
  • 5th grade (2017) SBA English Language Arts (ELA) Scale Score - the 5th grade SBA ELA scale score is a validated assessment aligned to both the Academic Domain of Giftedness (NAGC) and to the current content offerings in the GATE program.

When:

  • The NNAT was taken by qualifying 5th graders (exceeded both areas of the SBA) last year as 4th graders. These scores will be considered on their own again this year. SBA testing took place last year in classrooms. Fifth grade SBA testing will take place spring 2017 at school sites.

Current Identification Criteria:

  • 2016 SBA ELA: - Students whose first language is English who scored in the top 10 percentile range of the exceeded category will be identified as GATE (scale score: 2650). Students identified as English Learners who score in the exceeded category will be identified as GATE (scale score: 2533).
  • NNAT - Students scoring a 98 (age %) or higher on their 2016 4th grade assessment will be GATE identified.
  • 2017 SBA ELA - Students whose first language is English who score in the top 10 percentile range of the exceeded category will be identified as GATE (scale score 2689). Students identified as English Learners who score in the exceeded category will be identified as GATE (scale score 2582).

Identification Notification:

  • Families of students who meet the current GATE identification requirements for the NNAT (98) as well as those who meet the 2016 SBA ELA scale score requirements will receive notification via mail approximately May 15, 2017.
  • CUSD 5th graders will have an additional opportunity to be identified as GATE with the 2017 SBA ELA. CUSD receives these embargoed SBA scores in mid-July, therefore families of students who meet GATE identification will receive letters in early/mid August. Middle schools will receive notification in time for appropriate class placement.

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