What is the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program?
The GATE program is the educational program designed to address the learning styles of the students who have been identified as gifted and talented through testing or teacher recommendation. It is our aim to meet the needs of all of our students including gifted students. We accomplish this by:
- offering monthly opportunities for GATE students to delve deeper into the subjects taught throughout the day.
- engaging students in project-based learning including open-ended projects.
- providing an opportunity for GATE students to research an interest and present their finding during their GATE individual projects.
Los Paseos offers a variety of opportunities to GATE students after school. These include:
- Compacting the Curriculum – Eliminating skills or concepts already mastered by the students
- Depth – Challenging learners by enabling them to venture further, deeper, and in a more elaborative manner
- Complexity – Broadening the learners’ understanding of the area of study by making connections, relationships, and associations.
- Novelty – Gaining a personal understanding of the area under study or constructing meaning of knowledge in an individualized manner
- Acceleration – Altering the pace or speed of learning and providing more sophisticated resources for learning in order to challenge learners.
How Are Students Identified?
The identification process for entry into the GATE program is a long and thorough process.
- Each year, the previous year’s SAT-9 scores in Total Reading, Total Math, and Language Arts are studied.Any student who scores at or above the 85 percentile in any one area area is referred for GATE testing.
- Teachers then view the list and approve of the testing for the students.
- Permission slips are then given to the parents for testing.
- Testing occurs as per a schedule preset by the district. The testing includes two tests, the Raven Test, a non-verbal test which determines a student’s ability to learn; and the Test of Cognitive Skills which tests in four areas: memory, sequencing, logic, and non-verbal puzzles.
- Students’ tests are then scored by a person at the district office and reported back to our school. This part of the process takes about three weeks.
- When the scores are returned, a case study is put together with a Teacher Evaluation form. Teachers evaluate each student on a variety of work performance standards. Students must score above a 3 average (out of 4). Copies of report cards, work samples, and all standardized tests are also included.
- Third and four grade teachers are also asked to indicate additional students whom they think would benefit from the GATE program (for the following year).
- Students are then placed in the program and eligible for outside enrichment and field trips.
- GATE coordinators will provide parents with an more information about each year’s plans at a parent meeting near the beginning of each year..
GATE PowerPoint Presentations
GATE Parent Night: An overview of the Gifted and Talented Program including characteristics of gifted children, legislation, differentiation, and how parents can help their gifted child.