GATE Make-Up Testing
Saturday, May 4, 2013
9:00 AM for Grade 3
10:30 AM for Grades 4-8
Pleasant Grove Middle School: Rooms C5 & C6
(Please arrive 15 minutes early for sign in.)
Parents/Guardians MUST sign students up in advance by returning the Permission to Test Form to school offices no later than Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
GATE Test Flyer- Click here
All schools in the Rescue Union School District provide GATE programs for identified GATE students. The core of the program is differentiation of the core curriculum within the regular classroom during the school day. In grades 3-6 GATE students are placed in cluster classrooms where they have the opportunity to work with equally gifted peers. In addition to differentiated instruction, GATE students can also participate in enrichment opportunities such as after-school activities, special speakers or demonstrations, special projects or community involvement activities. Program offerings vary from site to site.
GATE components for students in grades 7-8 include differential of curriculum in the regular classroom, accelerated math and foreign language, differentiation of curriculum in the regular classroom and a science enrichment center.
Who is a "Gifted" Student?
Gifted and talented children are those identified by professionally qualified persons, who by virtue of outstanding abilities are capable of high performance. These are children who require differentiated educational programs and/or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their contribution to self and society.
Children capable of high performance include those with demonstrated achievement and/or potential ability in any of the following areas, singly or in combination.
- General intellectual ability
- Specific academic aptitude
- Creative or productive thinking
- Leadership ability
- Visual and performing arts
- Psychomotor ability
It can be assumed that utilization of these criteria for identification of the gifted and talented will encompass a minimum of 3 – 5 percent of the school population.
How Are Gate Students Identified?
Students in grades 3-8 are eligible to take the Otis Lennon Ability Test (OLSAT). This test is administered twice a year, however students may test only once per calendar year.
Students who score 95% or above on the OLSAT and show advanced performance in at least one area of the California Standards Test (Mathematics or English Language Arts with no scores below proficient) qualify for permanent placement in the program.
A student may be provisionally placed for one year if they score between 90-94% on the OLSAT, and show advanced performance in at least one area of the California Standards Test (Mathematics or English with no scores below proficient). Students who qualify for the one-year provisional placement may retest the following year on their anniversary test date. Students who do not achieve the 95% at this time must wait one-year before taking the OLSAT test again.
If it is verified that a student has been identified to receive GATE services in another school district, Rescue Union will honor that placement without further testing.
Future GATE Programs:
Rescue Union School District would like to invite you to be on our GATE Parent Advisory Committee. Interested persons are encouraged to call the District Office at (530) 672-4810.