GATE testing for registered students will be held on August 4th & 7th, before the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.
Testing is available to students in grades 2-11. If you would like your child to be GATE tested for formal identification, please submit a “GATE test request”.
If your child has already been GATE identified with Rocklin Academy in the past, they do not need to be tested again. If they are coming to us from another school and have already been GATE identified, please provide us with a copy of the GATE identification letter so we may include it in the students file.
Gifted and Talented Education – GATE
Rocklin Academy Family of Schools strives to identify and serve gifted and high achieving students from all groups, including those from diverse racial, socio-economic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds. Through highly motivating lessons and appropriate placement in classroom clusters, we provide differentiated learning opportunities during the regular school day that are based on grade level standards extended by depth, complexity and acceleration which enable students to reach their full academic and personal potential.
GATE Identification Process
The intellectual development of a gifted individual is significantly advanced in relation to chronological peers. The process to be formally identified in the GATE Program includes the following:
Intellectual or Cognitive Ability – Rocklin Academy Family of Schools utilizes the Raven Progressive Matrices Plus which is a non-verbal assessment measuring high-level observation skills and cognitive ability. A student must score at or above the gifted range.
In addition, the process may include up to three additional measures of a student’s ability or potential:
Academic Achievement – Students in 3rd grade and higher must score at the “exceeds standards” level using standardized achievement tests (CAASPP) in math and/or English language arts. Students below 3rd grade must demonstrate other evidence of above grade level achievement in math and/or reading.
Impact Factors – Medical history, socio-economic status and participation in the English Language Development Program are taken into consideration
Gifted Student Characteristics – Student profiles are gathered from parents and current teacher(s).
If a student has been identified in another district using criteria that meets or exceeds that of Rocklin Academy Family of Schools, the student will be identified without further testing. If the criteria do not meet that of Rocklin Academy Family of Schools the student may opt to participate in the next scheduled testing session. Please provide us with a copy of the GATE identification letter so we may determine potential eligibility, update records, and inform classroom teachers.
Once a student has been formally GATE identified within Rocklin Academy Family of schools he/she does not need to be tested again.