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3rd GRADE PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

All 3rd grade students will be offered the opportunity to be assessed for the program in their classrooms during the month of May. We discussed the testing process, offered tips to prepare your student, and provided a brief description of the SGUSD GATE program.

If you missed the meeting, the presentation is posted below. Please scroll to the bottom of this page.

 

APRIL 10, 2019: An information packet was sent home by your child's classroom teacher after spring break.  If you do not wish to have your child assessed for the program, you may complete the enclosed form to decline testing.

 

MAY 1-17, 2019: 3RD GRADE GATE ASSESSMENT WINDOW

Classroom teachers will set a date for testing students within the May 1st-17th assessment window. The assessment is an online test that will take under one hour to complete. English Language learners will be offered the Naglieri Nonverbal Assessment Test (NNAT2) to ensure a culturally neutral evaluation.  All other students will be given the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT8.)  Both tests will be described at our Parent Information Night on April 17th.

 

JUNE 6, 2019: OLSAT8 and NNAT2 RESULTS

Testing results will be sent home with the end-of-year report card. Parents will receive information on how to interpret the results.

 

SEPTEMBER 1, 2019: GATE INVITATION LETTERS MAILED TO PARENTS OF QUALIFYING STUDENTS

3rd Grade students may qualify for GATE through the OLSAT8 or NNAT2 assessments that will be offered in May OR through performance on the statewide CAASPP test that will be administered in April.  State results on the CAASPP will be provided to school district in late August.  PLEASE NOTE: Though a student may qualify for GATE through the OLSAT8 or NNAT2 test, the district will delay official notification until all testing scores have been reported.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE QUALIFICATION PROCESS

Please scroll down to the table below for more information on the qualification process and eligibility.   

 

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What is GATE?
The San Gabriel Unified School District is proud to recognize the unique needs of students with extraordinary abilities through our program for Gifted and Talented Education or G.A.T.E.  The SGUSD GATE program identifies gifted and talented students and provides them with learning opportunities based on the principles that all students are to receive an education appropriate to their individual needs, capabilities, and interests. 

 

GATE Program Models and Enrichment Activities
GATE students in SGUSD are served through a variety of program models and settings. 

 

Elementary school GATE students receive differentiated instruction in the regular classroom based on their unique needs.  This may be achieved by using methods such as curriculum compacting, acceleration, or adding depth or complexity.

 

At the secondary level, there are many opportunities for GATE students, such as Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes, band, orchestra, mock trial, speech and debate, student government, and various school clubs.

 

OPTIONAL Saturday Enrichment Classes:

The SGUSD GATE program also includes extended learning activities for grades 4-8 related to the core curriculum through optional Saturday Enrichment classes. Each grade level is assigned one month devoted to a specific theme that includes 3 Saturday morning sessions and a field trip during the school week.   Please refer to the GATE Course descriptions flyer for additional information. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: The Saturday enrichment program schedule for 2018-2019 is posted with program attachments below.

 
 
GATE QUALIFICATION PROCESS
Categories of Identification

SGUSD Board of Education has adopted a plan for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), which includes District policies and procedures for identifying gifted learners in three categories. The District’s policies and procedures for gifted/talented identification are in accordance with California State requirements and the Office for Civil Rights.

In accordance with California Ed Code, San Gabriel Unified School District defines a gifted and talented student as one who exhibits excellence or the capacity for excellence far beyond that of their chronological peers in one or more of the following gifted/talented categories: 

  • High Achievement (based on 3rd Grade OLSAT8 or NNAT2 scores)
  • High Academic Ability (based on CAASPP scores in English Language Arts and Math in grades 3-7)
  • Specific Academic Ability (based on CAASPP scores in English Language Arts or Math in grades 3-7)
 
Eligibility Criteria for GATE Referrals

Students Eligible for Gifted/Talented Identification Referral: Students who are enrolled in the San Gabriel Unified School District. 

Students Ineligible for referral include students enrolled in:
  • Private schools.
  • Independent charter schools not authorized by SGUSD.
  • Home school programs not affiliated with SGUSD. 

For additional information on the qualification process, please scroll down to access the GATE Memorandum approved by the Board of Education in March 2018. 

 
2019 GATE Referrals
Qualification Process and Referrals for Students in Grade 3 
Third grade students will be identified for GATE programming through the qualification measures listed in the GATE Memorandum document.   The  OLSAT8, NNAT2  (initial screening for 3rd grade students only)  and CAASPP scores (California state test for grades 3-8) will be used to determine eligibility.
 
Referral Process for Students in Grades 4-8

Students may be referred for GATE consideration by a parent, teacher, friend or self-referral. A Parental Referral and Consent form must be completed for students in Grades 4-8.The referral must be screened and the recommendation to continue the identification process must be made by SGUSD school certificated personnel. Recommendations must be supported by school records. 

CAASPP (California state test) scores will be used to determine eligibility.
High performance on the CAASPP does not guarantee GATE qualification.  Students in grades 4 through 8 may qualify for GATE under three categories: High Achievement Ability, High Academic Ability,  and Specific Academic Ability.
 

SGUSD Eligibility Thresholds for GATE Qualification

 

Measure used for Qualifying Scores

High Achievement

Ability:

Qualifying scores on OLSAT8 in either

Verbal or Nonverbal

High Academic Ability:

Qualifying scores in both Language Arts and Mathematics

Specific Academic Ability: Qualifying scores for 2 Consecutive Years in Language Arts or Math with the same content area.

Qualifying Percentile Range

Qualifying Percentile Range for Targeted Subgroups*

OLSAT8: Verbal

X

 

 

95-99th

90-99th

OLSAT8:
Nonverbal

X

 

 

95-99th

90-99th

NNAT2 Nonverbal

X

 

 

95-99th

90-99th

CAASPP:

English Language Arts

 

X

X

95-99th

90-99th

CAASPP:

Math

 

X

X

95-99th

90-99th

 

Grade 3:

OLSAT8 and NNAT2 are initial screening assessments given only to 3rd grade students.  3rd grade OLSAT8, NNAT2 and CAASPP scores are used to determine GATE eligibility for 4th-8th grade GATE programming.

 

Grades 4-7: CAASPP scores determine eligibility for GATE programming in grades 5-8.

*Targeted Subgroups: English Language Learners, Economically Disadvantaged, Foster Youth, and Children of Military Personnel.

 
 

Questions?  Contact Jennifer Vargas, GATE Coordinator.
(626) 451-5485
vargas_j@sgusd.k12.ca.us