Parents of children who are eligible for GATE services and who wish to enroll in a school that provides self-contained Gifted Education services via either an Intra-District transfer, or from another district, charter system, or private school may still do so.
Students in self-contained GATE classrooms in grades 2-6 must be identified as eligible for Gifted Education services by Sacramento City USD’s formal process.
For the 2017-18 school year, results for GATE screening and notification of eligibility for services were significantly delayed. This delay ensured that additional academic achievement data was able to be included as a part of the multi-step screening process.
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.
To ensure equity among students, all 1st and 3rd grade SCUSD students will be screened for possible Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) services. In 1st grade, the district utilizes the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT3). In 3rd grade the district utilizes the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). This universal screening will take place at school sites beginning in January.
Students not yet identified for GATE Services in SCUSD may be referred for screening by either their parents/guardians or current/past teacher. Students eligible for referral include any student who is new to SCUSD, or is in 2nd grade or grades 4-6.
Students are screened for GATE Services in elementary grades. The GATE Department will screen a child no more than 3 times – with at least 12 months between each screening - during their educational career.
Referral Screening happens on the following dates:
The SCUSD Gifted Education Department does not accept privately obtained GATE screening assessment results. This includes screening administered by private practice psychologists or university testing centers. SCUSD offers a robust internal screening program for students who reside within our district boundaries.