GATE screening results and screening assessment scores have been
mailed to all 1st & 3rd grade families. Student need for
these services is determined through a multi-step process that
includes not only the NNAT or CogAT results, but also academic
factors and social-emotional considerations.
GATE services eligibility letters were mailed home
beginning the week of June 24th. Letters
were mailed via the US Postal Service. If you do not
receive a letter by Friday, June 29th, please call the GATE
Department at 916-643-9427
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 are 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 takes place at school sites beginning in
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
Referral Screening happens on the following
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.