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Qualifying for CUSD GATE Program

CUSD GATE 17-18 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 early February. School sites will have a two week window to determine the date and will send out notification to families. SBA testing 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
  • 2018 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, 2018.  Also, all families will receive their child's NNAT results in the CUSD Parent Portal under test scores. The NNAT percentile score will be listed.  Embargoed 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.

Fourth Grade Students

Measure:

  • 4th grade (2017-2018) 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:

  • Fourth grade SBA testing takes place in classrooms on various dates during Spring until the end of the school year.

Current Identification Criteria:

  • 2018 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:

  • CUSD receives 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

Measure:

  • 5th grade (2017-2018) SBA English Language Arts (ELA) Scale Score- The 5th grade 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:

  • Fifth grade SBA testing will take place in classrooms on various dates during Spring until the end of the year.  

Current Identification Criteria:

  • 2018 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:

  • CUSD receives 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.

 

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