Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
GATE Mission Statement
The EGUSD program for gifted, talented, and high potential students will discover and nurture students with an exceptional level of performance in diverse areas of expression. The program will equitably and collaboratively engage students and their families to access rigorous instruction with support for intellectual, social and emotional needs.
Updated GATE Identification Criteria
Beginning in February 2014, the district established a GATE Planning Committee to provide input in the development and evaluation of equitable identification and selection criteria; staff training to implement equitable identification practices; and effective outreach efforts to students, parents and the community, including students and families from traditionally underrepresented student groups.
The Committee is composed of parents, teachers, school leaders, and district administrators. This group reviewed research and best practices and proposed new GATE identification criteria to the Office of Civil Rights for review and approval. The recommended criteria were approved by the Office of Civil Rights in January 2015.
GATE identification will be based on students exhibiting exceptional ability in one of the following areas:
- Creative Ability
- Leadership Ability
- Visual and Performing Arts Ability
- Academic Ability
- Cognitive Ability
The process to begin using the new criteria will include training of school staff by April 1, 2015, taking steps throughout the spring to ensure that the criteria are implemented uniformly throughout the district, and providing outreach to families.
Implementation of the new criteria for identification will continue into the 2015-2016 school year.
Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Testing (NNAT):
Testing information for the 2014-2015 school year is not available at this time.