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Universal GATE Screening Begins in January

The first step in the screening process for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) services is a cognitive abilities assessment administered to all 1st and 3rd grade SCUSD students each January. SCUSD utilizes multiple measures to identify students for services. This screening assessment is but one part of the GATE screening process. 

  • 1st grade students are assessed utilizing the Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test (NNAT3). 
  • 3rd grade students are assessed utilizing the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7, Full Battery. 

Notification of GATE Screening assessment results and GATE Identification status will happen by mail in the month of June.

Approximate Screening Timeline

August

  • Referral Screening Session for new students or students entering grades 5 or 6.

October

  • Referral Screening Session for new students or students in grades 5 or 6

December

  • Opt-Out Letters distributed to families
  • School Sites prepare for winter GATE screening 

January

  • Referral Screening Session for new students or students in grades 2, 4, 5 or 6
  • GATE Screening (Naglieri) for 1st graders — ALL Schools
  • GATE Screening (CogAT) for 3rd graders — ALL Schools

February

  • Make-up GATE Screening, if needed

March/April

  • Referral Screening Session for new students or students in grades 5 or 6
  • GATE Screening Assessments scored
  • Additional data collected and reviewed

June

  • Schools and families are notified of GATE Identification Results
  • GATE Center Site Visits (Contact sites)
  • Deadline to request GATE Center Placement
  • Lottery for GATE Centers
  • Families are notified of GATE Center placements — July & August