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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.

 

Thank you for your patience as we strive to provide the most equitable system for GATE identification possible. CUSD students who meet the criteria for GATE testing (see the information below under GATE testing criteria) will be assessed for GATE identification using two types of information.

 

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 NNAT general ability test results and the completion of a GATE Characteristics Teacher Checklist (National Association for the Gifted; National Society for the Gifted and Talented). The GATE Characteristics Teacher Checklist consists of 15 observable classroom behaviors noted by two national gifted organizations.

 

The results of both of these assessment measures 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 by May 1, 2016. Individual NNAT and teacher checklist scores will not be made available. Information regarding how each measure will be weighted and further identification information will be available on the CUSD GATE webpage in late February 2016.

 

 

 

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 will be 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. 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.