In the Redlands Unified School District, students are identified for the GATE program beginning at the end of third grade. Students are served in the GATE program from third grade through twelfth grade.
Who can be tested for the GATE program?
Only third-grade students will be assessed for identification this year.
How is a student identified for the GATE program?
In Redlands, students are assessed in three areas:
- Ability -What is their potential?
- Achievement - What is their performance?
- Characteristic Behaviors - What personality and character traits do they have that match them to gifted students?
The Abilities Assessments:
Students take three tests of mental ability. Whichever of the scores is the highest is the score that is reported:
- The Cognitive Abilities Test - Verbal Intelligence
- The Cognitive Abilities Test - Math Intelligence
- The Cognitive Abilities Test - Spatial Intelligence
Students begin accumulating points for GATE placement if they score at 120 Standard Score.
The Achievement Assessments:
All students in the Redlands Unified School District take the state Smarter Balanced test. Students can begin accumulating points for their Smarter Balance test scores at 2490 in ELA and 2501 in Mathematics. Additionally, achievement is examined via classroom performance. Teachers complete the Teacher Indicator of Performance (TIP) checklist which provides additional information about classroom performance.
Characteristic Behavior Scales:
The third part of the GATE identification process is looking at characteristic behaviors. Both parents and teachers are asked to complete a Characteristic Behavior Scale on each candidate. This information, coupled with special considerations for children with learning disabilities, English language development, and economic disadvantages, create a profile on the candidate.
Scores from each of these three assessment pieces are tallied. If a student receives 15 points or more, he/she qualifies for the GATE program.
Mariposa Elementary tests 3rd Graders for GATE in February of each year