Universal GATE Screening Process
1st through 4th Grades

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Universal Gifted Education Screening Process Begins in January

The first step in the screening process for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) services is a cognitive abilities assessment administered to SCUSD students each January.

Unique for the 2021-22 school year, all students in grades 1, 2, 3 & 4 will be screened for potential GATE services. This expanded universal screening administration is designed to address the inability to safely, reliably and equitably offer GATE screening in the 2020-21 school year.

SCUSD utilizes multiple measures to identify students for services. This screening assessment is but one part of the GATE screening process. 

  • SCUSD uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7 for all grades. Learn more about the CogAT
  • Composite scores are not considered. Each domain (Verbal, Quantitative, and Non-Verbal) is considered independently.
  • The CogAT is administered by classroom teachers over a series of days. 
  • 1st & 2nd grade students will participate via paper/pencil booklets.
  • 3rd & 4th grade students will participate via Chromebooks.

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

Approximate Screening Timeline

August 

  • Screening Session for new students to SCUSD. (Please submit Screening Referral Form)  
Canceled due to COVID precautions

October 2022

  • Referral Screening Session for new students to SCUSD or students in grades 4-6. (Please submit Screening Referral Form).
Canceled due to COVID precautions

December 2022

  • Universal Screening Notification Letters distributed by school sites to 1st through 4th grade families. 
  • School Sites prepare for winter GATE screening.

January

  • GATE Screening (CogAT) for 1st through 4th graders — ALL Schools*
* Dependent Charter Schools, Independent Charter Schools, and Waldorf Inspired Schools may not participate. Contact your school to learn more. 

February

  • Make-up GATE Screening, if needed (at school sites).
  • Screening Session for new students to SCUSD or students in grades 1-6 who are not currently attending SCUSD schools, but reside in district. (Must submit Screening Referral Form by January 31st to participate.)

March/April

  • GATE Screening Assessments scored by publisher.
  • Additional data collected and reviewed as a part of GATE determination process.

June

  • Schools and families are notified of GATE Screening Results
  • GATE Center Site Visits*
  • Deadline to request GATE Center Placement
  • Lottery for GATE Centers (If needed).
  • Families are notified of GATE Center placements — July & August
  • *In person site visits dependent on COVID safety protocols.