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Identification Process

Identification Criteria & Process

The district's identification procedures are equitable, comprehensive, and ongoing. They reflect the district's definition of giftedness and its relationship to current state criteria.
(EC 52202: Title 5 Regulations, Section 3822)

How are students identified?

Intellectual and High Achieving Gifted students are identified by scoring in the top 5% of nationally norm-referenced tests, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) and Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT).


Who is tested?

Students are tested for GATE in the 3rd grade. In grades 4-12, students may be referred for testing by teachers and/or parents; in grades 9-12 students may refer themselves for testing. Teachers, parents, and students should contact the School Site GATE Coordinator or Principal to refer a student for testing. Parent referrals should be accompanied by a completed Nomination Form and/or Mini Inventory of Giftedness. 

When are students tested?


Students will be tested during the month of February. Permission slips for testing are distributed by the GATE Coordinator, who will then schedule the students to take the test. Students must return the signed permission slip to be tested.  

Once students have been identified as GATE, they are always considered a GATE student and will not be re-tested.