Identification of GATE Students
California law places Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programming under local control. This means that each district established its own guidelines and policies regarding the identification of, and programming for, gifted and talented students.
In GUSD, multiple measures are used to identify gifted and talented students. Students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades who achieve a specified benchmark in Mathematics and/or English Language Arts/Literacy on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) are invited to participate in further testing to determine whether they meet the gifted and talented criteria established by GUSD.
Students who meet the CAASPP benchmark are invited to take the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition (OLSAT 8). This test assesses a student's ability to reason abstractly using verbal and nonverbal skills. The test is based on a student's innate ability to reason: no preparation or instruction is necessary prior to testing. A student must score in the 92nd percentile or higher on the OLSAT in order to receive gifted and talented designation within GUSD.