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GATE Identification Criteria

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 GATE testing.

 

Research findings recommend using more than one data source to identify students for any type of program, including gifted programs, to achieve a more well-rounded perspective of a student. Therefore, CUSD is utilizing two sources of assessment data to identify students – the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) general ability test results and the completion of a GATE Characteristics Teacher Checklist.  The GATE Characteristics Teacher Checklist consists of 15 research based, observable classroom GATE characteristics/behaviors recognized by two national gifted organizations (National Association for the Gifted; National Society for the Gifted and Talented).

 

Items included in the Checklist completed by classroom teachers:

  1. Demonstrates excellent memory and recall ability of information                                                           
  2. Expresses an unusually large and advanced vocabulary for age
  3. Learns very rapidly with quick mastery of basic content
  4. Utilizes unique and unusual ways to solve problems
  5. Is highly curious and inquisitive and asks probing questions – wants to know the ‘why’ of things
  6. Provides clever, unusual, original responses orally and in writing
  7. Exhibits an intense, intrinsic motivation to learn
  8. Frequently creates, invents, and experiments with new ideas and concepts at a high level
  9. Is a voracious reader at high levels and reads deeply with enthusiasm in special interest areas
  10. Is a critical thinker and more engaged when completing complex work
  11. Often demonstrates intense concentration and perseverance when completing work
  12. Combines ideas/materials in very unique ways
  13. Generally directs collaborative activities with others or is a natural leader
  14. Demonstrates and expresses a highly developed, vivid imagination
  15. Strives toward perfection, is self-critical, is not easily satisfied with own work or products

The results of both of these assessment measures (NNAT and the checklist) will be considered and weighted to create a final composite score. The final composite score will be made available to all parents via the Parent Portal approximately May 1, 2016. Letters will also be mailed home to parents of students who qualified AND who did not qualify approximately May 1, 2016. Individual NNAT and teacher checklist scores will NOT be made available.

CUSD 2015-2016 GATE Identification Weighted Criteria

 

NNAT: 7/10                                                                                                         GATE Characteristics Checklist 5/10

Points                                                                                                                                   Points                   # Items Checked

7              95-100% achieved on NNAT

6              94-91 %

5              90-88 %                                                                                                                5                              15-14/15

4              87-86 %                                                                                                                4                              13-12/15

3              85-84 %                                                                                                                3                              11-10/15                                                                                                                             

2              83-82 %                                                                                                                2                              9/15      

1              81-80 %                                                                                                                1                              8/15

0              Below 80 %                                                                                                          0                              7-0/15

 

Must meet combined composite score of 10 points for CUSD GATE Identification

NNAT

Checklist

Total Composite Score

7     100-95 %

5     15-14/15

12

7    

4     13-12/15

11

7

3     11-10/15

10

6     94-91 %

5     15-14/15

11

6

4     13-12/15

10

5     90-88 %

5     15-14/15

10

CUSD 2015-2016 GATE Testing Criteria

The 2015-2016 CUSD criteria used to test and identify upper elementary students for our potential-based GATE program is based on more than one measure. The intent of theses changes is to create greater access and equity to GATE and to follow research-based recommendations. Once elementary students identified as GATE transition to middle school, the GATE program shifts from a potential based to a performance based program. Only 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be tested as we are transitioning to a performance based program at the middle school level. All testing will take place in late January/early February 1/25-2/5. The GATE testing window officially closes on February 19, 2016. No students will be tested after this date. Parents will have the chance to opt OUT of testing if they do NOT want their child tested for GATE identification. Parents of students who qualify for testing will receive letters that will be mailed out right before the holiday break approximately December 18, 2015.

 

Third Grade: All CUSD third grade students will be universally tested with the NNAT in their classroom. Teachers will also complete a brief GATE characteristics checklist of research-based observable GATE behaviors. Both measures will be weighted and considered.

 

Fourth Grade: Current fourth graders who received a 4 (exceeded) in both ELA and Math on the SBAC will have an opportunity to take the NNAT at their school site. There will be no exceptions for students who missed the 4 (exceeded) in one area by only a few points. This is to facilitate equity for all students as exceptions for specific students will not be considered. Teachers will also complete a brief GATE characteristics checklist of research-based observable GATE behaviors. Measures will be weighted and considered.

 

Fifth Grade: Current fifth graders who received a 4 (exceeded) in both ELA and Math on the SBAC will have an opportunity to take the NNAT at their school site. There will be no exceptions for students who missed the 4 (exceeded) in one area by only a few points. This is to facilitate equity for all students as exceptions for specific students will not be considered. Teachers will also complete a brief GATE characteristics checklist of research-based observable GATE behaviors. Measures will be weighted and considered.

 

Fourth and Fifth grade students new to CUSD during the 2015-2016 school year and who do not have SBAC results will be evaluated based on a review of their existing state standardized test scores to determine if they qualify for GATE identification testing. Parents must initiate this process by sending documentation to the GATE office (jmheckert@capousd.org) NO LATER than January 15, 2016 for consideration. Fourth and fifth grade students designated as English Learners as well as TWI students must have received at least a 3 in both ELA and math to qualify for GATE testing.

 

 

 

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