Universal GATE Screening Process
Grades 1 & 3

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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 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

  • Screening Session for new students to SCUSD. (Please submit Screening Referral Form) .

October

  • Referral Screening Session for new students to SCUSD or students in grades 5 or 6. (Please submit Screening Referral Form).

December

  • Universal Screening Notification Letters distributed by school sites to 1st & 3rd grade families. 
  • School Sites prepare for winter GATE screening 

January

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

March/April

  • Screening Session for new students to SCUSD or students in grades 5 or 6. (Please submit Screening Referral Form).
  • GATE Screening Assessments scored.
  • 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 (Contact sites to make arrangements)
  • Deadline to request GATE Center Placement
  • Lottery for GATE Centers (If needed).
  • Families are notified of GATE Center placements — July & August