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GATE Services in California

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GATE Identification Procedures
Cesar Chavez Elementary School Demographics
Total # of Ss Enrolled = 651
Average # of Ss in a K-6 Class = 29
Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Ss = 96.1%
English Learners = 86.8%
Ss w/ Disabilities = 10.5%
Ss of Latin Descent = 96.6%
GATE Identified Ss
in District
Who Currently Receive GATE Services
= 96.3% (Approximately 2,075 GATE Identified Ss, Approximately 2,000 Are Currently Receiving GATE Services)
Middle School
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Whole School Registration Process
Parent Registers Child For Pre School or Kindergarten

All Ss Begins School @ Beginning of School Year in July

Calif rnia
Pre School
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
All S In Pre School Are Placed In A General Education Class (Unless S Requires A Special Day Class for Special Needs)

GATE Services & GATE Testing Are Not Available for Pre School Ss

If A Pre School S is High Acheiving the S Receives Differentiated Instruction Within the Mainstream Classroom

If A Parent Requests GATE Testing They Are Told To Wait Until S is in 2nd Grade
When Ss Begin Kinder All Ss Are Automatically Placed Into A General Education Transitional Kinder or Kinder Class (Unless S Requires A Special Day Class for Special Needs)

Transitional Kinder (TK) Is Used for All General Ed Ss Whose Birthdays Are After September 1

TK is Used as a Place for Ss to Mature & Learn, While Still Benefiting From a Classroom Experience, After Preschool

GATE Services & Testing Are Not Available For Kinder Ss

If A Kinder S is High Acheiving the S Receives Differentiated Instruction Within the Mainstream Classroom, Which Varies By School & Teacher

If A Parent Requests GATE Testing They Are Told To Wait Until S is in 2nd Grade
In 1st Grade Ss Are Automatically Placed Into A General Education Class (Unless S Requires A Special Day Class for Special Needs)

GATE Services & Testing Are Not Available @ this Grade Level

If a S is High Acheiving, the S Receives Differentiated Instruction Within the Mainstream Classroom, Which Varies By School & Teacher

If a Parent Requests GATE Testing They Are Told To Wait Until S is in 2nd Grade
At the Beginning of 2nd Grade, All General Ed Ss Are Tested For GATE Services In A Whole Group Setting

Special Needs Ss Are Only Tested for GATE Services if a Parent Requests GATE Testing

Ss Are Tested with the Raven, a Non Verbal, Visual Test of Intelligence

Raven - Amongst Better Intelligence Tests Which Takes the Cultural & Linguistic Load out of Testing

If a S Scores 97% or Better on the Raven, S is Placed in a GATE Full Inclusion Class (Based Off of Their "Intellectual Ability") Beginning the Following School Year, in a 4 Year GATE Full Inclusion Progam: 3rd Grade Through 6th Grade

If a S Scores 96% - 87% Proficiency on the Raven the S Takes a 2nd Assessment -> TONI, to Determine S's GATE Identification

If a S Scores 96% - 87% Proficient on the Raven, the S Is Assessed For GATE Services Using the TONI (Test of Non-Verbal Intelligence)

When a S Takes the TONI, It Is Done 1:1 ( 1 Student to 1 Tester)

A Team of Testers is Usually Comprised of GATE Ts, Off Track Teachers, Retired Teachers, Who All Receive a Stipend for Performing GATE Testing

When the Team of Testers Do Not Finish Assessing Ss, a School Psychologist Picks Up Where the Team of Testers Left Off, In Order to Complete S Assessments in a Timely Manner

School Psychologist Oversees All GATE Testing & Scoring
TONI
Raven
3rd
Grade
4th
Grade
5th
Grade
6th
Grade
After Raven, TONI & T Merit Candidates Have Been Assessed, the School District Mails Letters to Parents of Children Who Are Qualified for GATE Services

Letters to Gifted Parents Recommending GATE Services Invite Parents to a 2 Night GATE Parent Orientation Meeting to Inform Parents About GATE Programming

Orientation Discusses 3 Different Ways S Receives GATE Services 1)Intellectual Ability - RAVEN, 2) High Acheivement - RAVEN/TONI, 3) Merit - Multiple Measures

If Parents Consent "YES" to Their Children Receiving GATE Services, S Will Be Placed in 3rd Through 6th Grade GATE Full Inclusion Classes the Following School Year (3rd Grade)
GATE Curriculum
GATE Icons - S will Learn 3 Icons Per Academic Year, Until All Icons Have Been Acquired By the End of 6th Grade

Faster Paced Curriculum (Same Curriculum as General Ed)

More In Depth Learning vs. Scratching the Surface in General Ed Classrooms

Project Based Learning

Art

Music

Guest Speakers

Larger Emphasis on Critical Thinking & Student Centered Learning
On Rare Occasions Parents Do Not Consent to Their Children Receiving GATE Services, When This Occurs, the S is Placed in A General Ed Classroom & Put On An "Identified Not Placed Plan"

If a S Transfers Into the School District (& Has NOT Been Identified for GATE Services) After GATE Testing Has Occured In 2nd Grade, the S will Only Be Assessed for GATE Services if a T Recommends the S for GATE, or if a Parent Requests GATE Services

If a S Transfers Into the School District (& HAS Been Identified for GATE Services in another district) this School District Will Review the Identification Procedures Used in the Old School, to Ensure the New Ss Were Identified Into GATE with District Approved Tests & Methods

New Ss Assessed By Personal Psychologists or Only Using Standardized Testing Scores As Adequate Proficiency For GATE, Are NOT Admitted Into GATE Programming in this School District

Special Needs Ss are Not Assessed for GATE in 2nd Grade, with the Rest of the School District , Unless a Parent Specifically Requests GATE Testing for their Child
ELEMENTARY
Development of GATE Icons Continues

Grade Skipping Is NOT Permitted - In the Event Parent Strongly Advocates for Grade Skipping, All Standardized Tests Must Be Passed For Grade S Wishes to Skip

Grade Skipping as a Form of Acceleration, Has
NEVER
Been Done in This School District

A Large Variety of Approximately 100 Enrichment Programs & Clubs Are Offered At Each K-6 School in This District, Programs Vary By School Site & Are Open to GATE & General Ed Ss

GATE Programming Has a Partnership with Orchestra from the Middle School, for After School GATE Orchestra Enrichment in 4th - 6th Grade
References
(2014, October 3). GATE Parent Orientation Retrieved from: http://www.powershow.com/view4/4eeaac-NGMyO/SCHOOL_DISTRICT_Gifted_and_Talented_Education_powerpoint_ppt_presentation

(2014, October 3). Google Drive SARC Chavez School . Retrieved from Chavez School

Clip Art & Pictures - Google Images (October 2014)

Personal Interview with District GATE Coordinator (October 2014) with GATE Materials
Parental Consent
T Merit
If a S Does Not Meet Raven or TONI Assessment Proficiency, a S May Gain Access into GATE Programming Via T Merit/GATE Committee via the GATE Referral Form

T Merit Candidates Are Based Off "Multiple Measures" Including S's Ability, S's Interest, S's Standardized Test Scores & T Completed GATE Referral Form

Ss Who Are Usually Recommended for GATE Based on T Merit, Are Ss Who Scored 96% - 87% Proficient on the TONI

T Merit GATE Candidates Are Evaluated for GATE Acceptance @ a GATE Committee Meeting, Where Committee Members Evaluate S for GATE Based Off T Merit, Standardized Testing, Fluency Scores, CELDT Scores

Ss Admitted Into GATE Through T Merit/GATE Committee are Identified as "High Acheivement" Ss
3rd Grade General Ed
4th Grade General Ed
5th Grade General Ed
6th Grade General Ed
Each General Ed T Who Has a S Who Has Been Identified as Gifted & Talented Is Responsible for Creating a "GATE Learning Plan for Identified Not Placed Students"

The Plan is Shared with Parents During Fall & Spring Conferences to Keep Parents Abreast of S's Progress


GATE Learning Plan Is Updated Yearly

GATE Identified Parents Continue to Receive a Letter,
Recommending
GATE Programming for Their Child

In 4th Grade, Many Parents Who Previously Denied GATE Programming for Their Child, Usually Decide to ACCEPT GATE Services for Their Child in 4th Grade and Beyond

The Only Support In Place for GATE Parents, is the 2 Day GATE Parent Orientation


GATE Learning Plan Is Updated Yearly

GATE Identified Parents Continue to Receive a Letter,
Recommending
GATE Programming for Their Child


GATE Learning Plan Is Updated Yearly

GATE Identified Parents
NO LONGER
Receive a Letter, Recommending GATE Programming for Their Child
In Middle School, GATE Programming is No Longer Offered

Advanced Placement (AP) & Honors Classes Replace GATE Services

In Middle School, S Gain Access to AP & Honors Classes Based on Their Academic History, Rather Than Intelligence Tests Such as the Raven or TONI
AP & Honors Courses
After GATE Ss Have Been Identified the School District Must Receive Parental Consent In Order for Each S to Receive GATE Services

A Parent May Accept or Deny GATE Services

Approximately 96.3% of Identified GATE Parents Accept GATE Services

There are Currently 75 Gifted Ss in the District Who Denied GATE Services - Mainly Because Parents Did Not Like the GATE Teachers

Most of the Remaining 3.7% Parents, Eventually Consent to GATE Services for Their Child, Beginning in 4th Grade (Losing 1 Year of GATE Programming)

Based on the # of YES Parent Responses Received, the School District Begins to Hire GATE Ts in February, in Order to Have GATE Staffing for the Following School Year in July
When a S Has Been Identified as Gifted, But Is Not Placed In GATE Programming, General Ed T Creates a "GATE Learning Plan for Identified-Not Placed Student"

These Ss Do Not Receive IEPs

The GATE Learning Plan Has the Following Sections for Ts to Fill In - Subject Area, Differentiated Learning Opportunities, Person Responsible, Focus Areas

Each Year in GATE Programming Each S Will Receive a GATE Educational Plan

The GATE Educational Plan is Completed 2x During the Year - 1x in the Fall, Once in the Spring

The GATE Ed Plan is Shared with Parents During Conferences
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