SRVUSD GATE PROGRAM OVERVIEW
- PROGRAM FOCUS
Gifted and Talented Education supports excellence in the SRVUSD through a program that enhances the education of all students while addressing the specific needs of the gifted. A number of key elements are important to the success of our program.
§ an equitable identification process
§ enrichment and pacing that ensures continuous academic growth
§ flexibility in grouping - both heterogeneous and homogeneous
§ school site plans that include the needs of the GATE population and resources to address those needs
§ staff development in GATE strategies
§ parent education and involvement
§ accountability through evaluation
II. MEETING THE NEEDS OF GATE STUDENTS
The California Department of Education requires that the schools provide GATE students with programs that are planned and organized as an integrated, differentiated learning experience within the regular school day and may be augmented or supplemented with other enrichment activities related to the core curriculum. Differentiated curriculum is one that regularly provides opportunities for gifted students to experience instructional techniques that address one or more of the following questions about instruction:
Pace: Is the child moving through the curriculum at a pace that insures continuous progress?
Depth: Does the curriculum allow the gifted child to go deeper than the surface of a subject area?
Complexity: Is the gifted child challenged by critical thinking and higher order thinking skills in the
Product: Does the child have the opportunity to be creative and to apply knowledge to real life situations?
III. PROGRAM OPTIONS
In the SRVUSD, each elementary school addresses the needs of GATE students as part of their Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). This site plan is available at the school for your information.
In grades 3-5, GATE students are grouped together by forming clusters within the heterogeneous class. In addition, some schools use part-time grouping where GATE students from more than one class are brought together for instructional purposes. The Common Core Standards lend themselves to in depth instructional opportunities that support differentiation for GATE students.
Academic Talent Program (ATP) Grades 4-6:
The Academic Talent Program (ATP) is a magnet-class program with specific entrance criteria. It is made available to the children who fall into the exceptionally gifted category. These classes are located at Golden View Elementary School, Montevideo Elementary School, and Montair Elementary School.
The ATP Program offers students the opportunity to work in a setting where their talents and abilities are challenged. The curriculum is fast paced and complex, the kind of challenge that motivates achievement in the exceptionally gifted. In this program, independent study and differentiation are the norm. The teachers also encourage the children to learn to work together as well as to value their own unique abilities.
Eligibility to apply to the ATP is dependent upon a student having a CogAT age-related Composite score in the 99th percentile or equivalent score on a District-approved abilities test.
At the middle school level, GATE students are clustered within Core classes in grades 6 and 7. For 8th grade students, middle schools cluster in Core classes or specific subject areas. All students have the opportunity to be admitted into Honors or Advanced classes in selected courses based on performance. This year we have added a middle school ATP Program, housed at Diablo Vista Middle School. Continuation of this middle school program will be based on interest.
At the high school level, all students have the opportunity to be admitted into Honors and Advanced Placement classes in selected courses. Eligibility for Honors and Advanced Placement classes is determined by the results of assessments designed for specific courses and/or by teacher recommendation. The visual and performing arts classes base entrance into Advanced Placement classes on auditions.
IV. PARENT PARTICIPATION
Parent participation is essential to a quality program. Some ways you can become involved include the following:
§ Be familiar with your school's GATE program.
- Be involved at your school site with after-school enrichment programs. Help to set up classes, field
- trips, competitions, and many different opportunities for students.
- Work with teachers or other community members as resource people or mentors for GATE students who are working on special projects.
§ Serve on the GATE Representatives Committee, where parents are able to set up networks between schools to share ideas and resources.
2nd Grade Students:
All 2nd grade students are administered the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) during the week of February 24 – 28, 2014. This test consists of three batteries which measure verbal, quantitative and nonverbal abilities. Practice testing will occur during the window of February 18-21, 2014.
To be considered for SRVUSD GATE identification, a student whose National Age Composite Percentile Rank is at 98 or above is considered for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) identification. Additionally, as of September 2007, a student whose National Age Composite Percentile Rank is 97 AND has scored a 99 in ONE of the three areas (Verbal, Quantitative or Non Verbal), will be considered for GATE identification.
3rd-4th Grade Students:
Only students in 3rd or 4th grade may take a retest. CogAT testing will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Online registration will close on December 1, 2013 or when space is full, whichever occurs first. Space is limited, and requests for testing after space has been filled cannot be accommodated. Registration for this test must be done online. There is a suggested donation of $60 for each student taking the CogAT retest.
New-to-SRVUSD 3rd-8th Grade Students:
Previously identified gifted students who are new to the SRVUSD are considered for GATE identification as determined by the SRVUSD’s GATE identification criteria.
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VI. GATE TESTING/RETESTING PROCEDURES
All 2nd grade students will be administered the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) in their classrooms during the second trimester. The students' CogAT scores will be evaluated for possible GATE identification.
Students in 3rd-4th grade who are new to SRVUSD schools will have the opportunity for testing, as well as students who have the desire to retake the test. Only students in 3rd or 4th grade may take a retest. CogAT testing will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Online registration will close on December 1, 2013 or when space is full, whichever occurs first. Space is limited, and requests for testing after space has been filled cannot be accommodated. Registration for this test must be done online. Please go to the district website for retesting registration information.
Students who are new to the SRVUSD and were identified as "gifted" in their previous school district must meet the SRVUSD’s GATE identification criteria. When the student enrolls, the school or parents should send or FAX (925 552-5093) a copy of the student's intelligence/cognitive abilities test results and/or any information regarding previous "gifted" placement to the GATE Office for review. If a student does not meet the SRVUSD's GATE identification criteria, the GATE Office will notify the school. The parents may then consider participation in the voluntary CogAT retesting on January 11, 2014 (3rd-4th grades only).
The District will not accept test results obtained from parents who have contracted with private practitioners.
Parents may request that their 3rd-4th grade child be retested. The parent contacts the GATE Office themselves before December 1, 2013 to sign up for retesting. Retesting will be conducted only on January 11, 2014.
Continuing third graders who were administered the CogAT in spring of second grade may not be retested until the January 11. There is a suggested donation of $60. Donations will cover the cost of proctoring and scoring the CogAT. If the district does not receive enough donations to cover these costs, the retest will not be administered.
Students may not take the CogAT more than once each calendar year and not more than a total of three times.
The testing/retesting instrument for grades 2-4 is the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Testing will be conducted by District personnel.
2013-2014 GATE TESTING/RETESTING DATES
GATE Testing/Retesting 3rd-4th Grade
Saturday, January 11, 2014 (Registration closes Dec. 1, 2013)
2nd Grade CogAT Testing
February 24 – 28, 2014 (Practice testing window – February 18-21, 2014)