How are Students Selected for GATE?
- Students must be nominated (referred) for the GATE Program, and they
must be determined to be eligible for the GATE Program.
- Nominations (Referrals) are made by teachers, principals and parents.
Nominations may be made at any grade level at or above 3rd grade. Most
nominations, however, are made at the end of the third grade. Multiple
criteria information is included in the nomination process. The multiple
criteria include the California Achievement Test: "CAT/6" (which recently
replaced the Stanford Achievement Test: "SAT9") scores in Total Mathematics
and Total Reading/Language Arts and a score on the Otis Lennon School
Ability Test (OLSAT). The Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) is
administered in the spring to all nominated students. Parent permission is
obtained prior to testing.
- Eligibility for GATE placement is determined by members of the GATE
Placement Committee. For each nomination, the committee reviews a student
profile which includes the following multiple criteria.
- Ability test data (OLSAT – Otis Lennon School Ability Test)
- Achievement test data (California Achievement Test – CAT/6)
- Referral from teachers, principals, parents
- Consideration of other factors including challenging socioeconomic
or linguistic factors
- Students previously identified as G.A.T.E. who transfer from other
districts can automatically transfer into the Dixie district G.A.T.E.