Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)



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GATE program funding is now included in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), authorized by the 2013-14 Budget Act, in place of most previously existing K–12 state funding streams. Funding for this program is now determined at the local level. See Principal Apportionment for more information about how funds are distributed to local education agencies.

Natomas Unified will test all 1st-graders this year for Gifted and Talented Education, or GATE, unless parents or guardians opt their child out of the process. Testing will be conducted in February. Students in 2nd through 5th grades can be referred for GATE testing by their teacher. If you would like to have your child GATE tested, please connect with your child’s teacher. The deadline for submitting referrals is Friday, Jan. 26. The following communications were sent to families of 1st-graders and 2nd-5th graders, respectively, on Tuesday, January 9th

Regarding 1st-graders:

Parents and Guardians:

This is a message from Natomas Unified to inform you that all NUSD 1st grade students will be tested this year for Gifted and Talented Education, or GATE, a program for students with exceptional achievements and abilities. Unlike past years, 1st-graders do not need to be referred for testing this year. GATE testing will be done in February, by your student’s teacher on computer. This will take 30 minutes to complete, and will measure spatial skills test with no reading or writing. If you prefer that your 1st-grader not be tested for GATE, you can file an opt-out form by clicking here. If you have questions, contact your child’s school.

Regarding 2nd through 5th-graders

Parents and Guardians:

This is a message from Natomas Unified to inform you about the referral and testing process for Gifted and Talented Education, or GATE, a program for students with exceptional abilities or achievements. Children in 2nd through 5th grades can be referred for GATE testing by their teacher. The deadline for submitting referrals is Friday, Jan. 26th. GATE tests will be administered during the month of February, will take 30 minutes to complete, and be completed on a computer. GATE testing measures spatial skills with no reading or writing. You can obtain a GATE testing referral by connecting with your child’s teacher. If you have questions about GATE referrals or testing, contact your child’s school.

Referrals must be submitted by January 26th