Formal identification of GATE students begins in third grade. There is not a formal identification process for kindergarten, first, and second grades. All primary (K-3) teachers will provide an appropriately differentiated and challenging instructional program to meet the specific needs of all students, including those who have demonstrated an exceptional capacity for academic achievement.
The primary test for GATE identification is the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test(NNAT2), which lasts for approximately thirty minutes. It is administered to all third graders and all new students to the district in late spring. Fourth and fifth grade students who are referred by their teacher will also be tested.
Scoring and notification is done at the district level by the Department of Educational Services. Parents are generally notified by mail in the fall if their child has qualified.
Identification for GATE includes data gathered throughout the year in multiple subject areas. This includes: results from the NNAT2, State testing results, local assessments, writing scores and teacher observations.
If the student is eligible for GATE:
- Parents are notified through the mail and permission to participate in the program is obtained
- The school is notified and the test results are included in the student’s cumulative folder
- The student’s status is placed on the district’s database and remains with the child throughout his/her school years.
- Students who do not meet the criteria may be referred again but are tested no more than once per year.
For additional information about GATE testing, please contact the Department of Educational Services at 377-8010 ext. 4221.