GATE ProgramCurtis HaarDirector Elementary Educational ServicesPhone (925) 828-2551 ext 8027Fax (925) 803-1669
- How are students identified for GATE?
Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to identify students eligible for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program. This test consists of three batteries which measure verbal, quantitative and nonverbal abilities. There are three short tests within each battery.
- Which grade levels are given the CogAT?
3rd grade students are administered the CogAT in their classrooms during the second trimester of each school year, if their parents have completed the “permission to test” form prior to the district deadline. Additionally, students in grades 4-7 who are new to DUSD who have not previously taken a test for GATE eligibility or missed the prior year’s test may take the CogAT in the Spring. The specific dates and times of these tests will be posted on the GATE Testing web page.
- Can students retake the CogAT?
Only students in grades 4 and 5 who have previously taken the CogAT, and did not pass, have the option to register and retest. The retest opportunity is given once a year in the spring of the following school year. All students must be registered with a parent “permission to test” form in order to retest. The date and time of the test will be posted on the GATE Testing web page approximately a month prior to testing.
- What CogAT scores qualify students for GATE?
To be qualified for DUSD GATE identification, students must receive the National Composite Age Percentile Rank (APR) of 98 or above.
- How are students new to DUSD identified for the GATE program at our district?
Previously identified gifted students who enter DUSD are considered for GATE identification as determined by the DUSD GATE identification criteria. The parents will need to submit documentation to the school office during enrollment which shows the students’ prior GATE program qualification, along with assessment results that were used for the qualification. Students in grades 3-5 who have not taken a test for GATE qualification prior to their arrival in DUSD must register to take the test in the spring. The specific date and time of the test for each site is posted on the GATE testing web page beginning in the fall of each school year.
- Do we share information about the CogAT levels? Does the district recommend any materials for preparation to parents?
To maintain test security, we do not provide information about the specific levels of the CogAT that students will be taking. Our district does not recommend any materials for CogAT preparation to parents. Students are encouraged to take the CogAT with minimal test preparation so that we get an accurate measure of the students' reasoning abilities.
- How soon after the CogAT testing date do parents receive the results? How do they receive results?
It typically takes about 8-10 weeks from the first week of CogAT administration for parents to receive the results from grade 3 testing, as the results are sent out of district to be scored. For Spring testing (grades 4 and 5), the results are usually available in 6-7 weeks. The scores will be sent to parents, if requested.
- What does the GATE program look like in DUSD?
In prior years, including when many of today’s parents and educators were students in school, the state provided special funding for pull-out programs that took place during the school day. The state moved away from that model about ten years ago and discontinued all funding, instead expecting that districts place GATE-identified students in different classes across grade levels.
In grades 3-5, students who are GATE-identified are grouped together by forming clusters within the heterogeneous classes. In addition, some schools use part-time grouping where students who are GATE identified from more than one class are brought together for instructional purposes.
At the middle school level, students who are GATE-identified are clustered within core subject classes in grades 6-8. All students have the opportunity to be in an accelerated math pathway, based on demonstration of mastery of prerequisite skills.
At the high school level, all students have the opportunity to be admitted into Honors and Advanced Placement classes in selected courses based on performance. Eligibility for Honors and Advanced classes is determined by the results of assessments designed for specific courses and/or by teacher recommendation.
Elementary School testings dates by site are indicated below.
Dublin Elementary School Testing Date TBA due to Shelter in Place.
- How are students identified for GATE?