Eligibility requirements are stringent and students identified must meet the district criteria by scoring in the superior range in a comprehensive evaluation process. The GATE Student Study Team looks at our GATE Matrix with multiple measures of qualitative and quantitative data in order to determine eligibility. These measures include cognitive ability test results, standardized test scores, MAPs performance data, referrals, recommendations, and cultural, economic and other factors that may be masking exceptionally high intellectual or academic potential.
A Student Profile Matrix is organized for each student. It includes multiple assessment measures that demonstrate a student’s potential and abilities. This is a compilation of data gathered through the search, referral and screening process. For each student, the information compiled must reflect the eligibility criteria, with consideration of the student’s economic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
The GATE Student Study Team meets to review Student Profile Matrix and to make recommendations for placement based on the student evidence.
The eligibility for GATE placement will be determined on an individual basis with all measures of the matrix of diagnostic information to be considered by the GATE Student Study Team. This profile will include the following major categories:
- Ability Test Results
- Available achievement test data
- MAP scores demonstrating Advance Levels or Significant Growth
- Student portfolios
- Writing Sample with Rubric (for the purpose of understanding a student’s thinking)
- Open ended Math problem solving activity
- Referrals, endorsements, and pertinent comments from teachers, psychologists, principals, or parent
- Cultural, economic and other factors that may be masking exceptionally high intellectual or academic potential
- EL identified students in proficient range
- CELDT Scores demonstrating Significant Level Growth