GATE identification process
We begin the identification process in the fall. The idenfitication process includes the administration of the CogAT7 to all second graders and students who are new to the district in grades 3-8. It also includes a gathering of evidence of demonstrated characteristics of giftedness for each child. Intellectual Ability identification letters are sent out to parents of students who went through the screening process and scored in the appropriate range. Letters are also sent out to all parents of students who are screened to indicate if they did not qualify.
The Cognitive Abilities Test
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Form 7 measures students’ reasoning abilities in three areas: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal. CogAT is well-suited to help educators make important student placement decisions, such as selecting students for gifted and talented programs. The second grade test does not require reading and is untimed. The 3rd-8th grade test is timed and does require reading.
The CogAT is proven by research studies to identify more English Language Learners and minority students as possibly eligible for gifted and talented programs.
For more information about the CogAT, click here.
After the initial screening, data is reviewed and some students are recommended for a Secondary Review process for possible identification in the following categories of giftedness: intellectual, high ability, and creative. TheSecondary Review includes a gathering of evidence and portfolio from the school that demonstrate characteristics particular to the domain of giftedness. The evidence gathered is based on best practices from research in gifted education and are both quantitative and qualitative.
The Secondary Review process takes place from January - April. Parents are notified if their child is eligible for Secondary Review and if they did or did not qualify after this process.