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California Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

The California Department of Education administers the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program, which provides funding for local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop unique education opportunities for high-achieving and underachieving pupils in the California public elementary and secondary schools. Each school district’s governing board determines the criteria it will use to identify students for participation in the GATE program (Note: If a student transfers from one district to another, they may need to requalify for the new school district, as they are not automatically accepted.)

California Assessment of Student Performance & Progress (CAASPP)

Each spring, students in grades 3 – 8, 10 & 11 take a CAASPP test. The CAASPP Program looks at how well schools and students are performing. Students take tests in math (grades 3-8 and 11), reading(grades 3-8 and 11) and science (grades 5,8, and 10).

  • math Grades 3 – 8, 11 Smarter Balance, on-line test
  • reading Grades 3 – 8, 11 Smarter Balance, on-line test
  • science Grades 5, 8 & 10 CST Science, paper-pencil test

The CAASPP Program includes four tests: the Smarter Balance Math & Reading Test, the CST Science Test, the California Alternate Assessment, and the Standards-based Tests in Spanish.

The CAASPP assessments allow students to demonstrate analytical writing, critical thinking, and problem solving skills along with their knowledge of facts in ELA, mathematics, and science.

Grades 3 – 5

Grades 6 – 8 

High School

California LEA’s testing coordinators are currently administering the following tests:

ELA (English/ Language Arts) and Math (3rd – 11th grades):

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments
  • California Alternate Assessments (CAAs)

Science (5th, 8th, 9-12th):

  • California Science Tests (CST)
  • CAA for Science

Skill Assessment

Categories for Gifted and Talented identification may include one or more of the following:

  • intellectual – extraordinary or potential for extraordinary intellectual development
  • creative – perceives unusual relationships among aspects of the pupil’s environment and among ideas, overcomes obstacles to thinking and doing, & produces unique solutions to problems
  • specific academic – functions at highly advanced academic levels in particular subject areas
  • leadership ability – displays the characteristic behaviors necessary for extraordinary leadership
  • high achievement – produces advanced ideas and products and/or attains exceptionally high scores on achievement tests
  • performing and visual arts talent – originates, performs, produces, or responds at extraordinarily high levels in the arts
  • any other criterion that meets the standards set forth by the State Board of Education

Best practices support using more than one factor to identify GATE students. Achievement, intelligence quotient (IQ), ability, and other test scores; motivation; parent/guardian, student, and teacher recommendations; classroom observations; and portfolio assessment are some of the possible factors a district may use to identify GATE students.  The two charts below show possible tests in each district and a profile for each student, showing you the many factors that can be considered under the state guidelines.

Academic Achievement Level
California Achievement Test (CAT 6) K12
California Test of Basic Skills (CTBS/4) K-12
Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) K-8
Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT) K-12
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) 10-11
Stanford Achievement Test K-12
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) 7-12
Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement (WJ) K-12
Academic Achievement/Spanish Level/Age
Spanish Assessment of Basic Education (SABE) 1-8
Intellectual Aptitude Level/Age
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) K-12
Inview-A Measure of Cognitive Abilities 2-12
Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children II Age 3-18
Naglieri Non Verbal Intelligence Test (NNAT) K-12
Otis-Lennon School Abilities Test, Sixth (OLSAT) K-12
Raven Colored and Progressive Matrices Age 5-11
Stanford-Binet Age 2-Adult
Slosson Full-Range Intelligence Test Age 5-Adult
Structure of Intellect (SOI) K-3
Test of Cognitive Skills K-12
Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI) K-12
Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test (UNIT) K-12
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children IV Age 6-16
Woodcock-Johnson III Cognitive Ability (WJ III) Pre-12
Intellectual Aptitude/Spanish Level/Age
Cognitive Abilities Test/Spanish K-12
Wechsler Intelligence Scale IV/Spanish Age 6-16
Woodcock-Munoz, Bateria –R/Spanish Ages 2-90
Structure of Intellect, Spanish (SOI, Spanish) K-3
Observation Scales Level/Age
Renzuli/Hartman Scale for Rating
Behavior Characteristics of Superior Students
Silverman, Characteristics of Giftedness Scale K-12


Gifted and Talented Education

Screening and Assessment Student Profile


Date Referred:  _____ Date Screened: ____


NAME: _________________________________GRADE: ______DOB: _____Sex:  Male   Female

First             Middle           Last

Ethnicity:   American Indian or Alaska Native   Asian   Pacific Islander   Filipino

Hispanic or Latino   African American   While (not Hispanic)  Multiple or no response

Parent/Guardian: _______________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: _______________________________________________________________________

School: ________________________________________Teacher: _______________________________

Referred by [Name]: ______________________ Teacher/Administrator   Parent   Self  Other

Evaluation Team Decision:    Eligible   Ineligible   Reassess  Talent Pool





Aptitude Tests
Name of Aptitude Test _______________Date: _______

Composite:            ________

Verbal/Linguistic:  ________

Nonverbal:             ________

Quantitative:          ________

Name of Aptitude Test _________________Date: _______

Composite:            ________

Verbal/Linguistic:  ________

Nonverbal:             ________

Quantitative:          ________





Achievement Tests
California Standards Test (CST)* California Achievement Test (CAT6) District Benchmark or

Other Tests

English/Language Arts


Scaled Score_____

q  Advanced

q  Proficient

q  Basic



Scaled Score______

q  Advanced

q  Proficient

q  Basic


Reading    _________%

Language _________%

Math          _________%


Reading     ___

Writing       ___

Language  ___

Math           ___






Behavioral Characteristics Rating Scales
Teacher Rating Scale



o  Reading               ________

o  Mathematics        ________

o  Science                ________

Teacher Rating Scale



o  Motivation                  ________

o  Creativity                    ________

o  Leadership                 ________


Visual and Performing


Visual and Performing Arts
Teacher Rating Scale


o  Artistic                  ________

o  Musical                 ________

o  Dramatic               ________

Student Work Samples

o  Portfolio of Student Art

o  Musical Performance Video/Tape

o  Dramatic Arts Video/Tape

o  Other _________________




Impact Factors

Other Considerations/ Impact Factors

o  Socio Economic

o  English Language Learner

o  Special Education

o  Health


o  Parent Information

o  Peer Rating scales

o  Portfolio of Student Work

o  Other ____________


Identification Categories

Identification Categories
o  Intellectual

o  High Achievement

o  Specific Academic ­­­­­­___________

o  Creative

o  Leadership

o  Visual Arts Talent

o  Performing Arts Talent

o  Other _______________

Taken from the Gifted and Talented Education Program Resource Guide (click here for more information)

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