Eligibility for the GATE program is based on multiple criteria. To begin understanding the Gifted Eligibility Process, please watch the provided informatonal video as it will answer most of your questions regarding the qualifying process:
The NNAT is a mental ability test that provides a non-verbal, culturally neutral assessment of general mental ability. It is designed to assess the reasoning ability of students in kindergarten through grade 12.
NNAT is a nationally normed assessment research-proven to be reliable and valid. The NNAT is administered to students in one test session using the computer. The resulting score is reported to parents as a national
percentile rank in the mental ability section on the gifted eligibility report. The national percentile rank allows you to compare your child's results to others of the same age across the nation. The 96th percentile is
the minimum qualifying score for gifted eligibility.
NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a group-administered achievement test given to students in grades K-11 and completed on the computer. Both the reading and math sections are administered in approximately one-hour sessions each. The resulting score is reported as a national percentile rank to parents in the achievement section on the gifted eligibility report. The 90th percentile is the minimum qualifying score.
Creativity or Motivation:
Gifted evaluation scales are norm-referenced teacher rating scale for motivation or creativity. Such scales
are based on current theories of giftedness; their use meets state guidelines regarding the definition of gifted and talented students for grades K-8. GES is a nationally normed instrument research-proven to be reliable and valid. The rating scale is completed by certified teachers and based upon that child's motivational and creative behaviors exhibited to that teacher in class. The local school's Gifted Eligibility Team will invite two teachers who have known the child for at least thirty days to complete the scales. The highest score of the two will be reported as a national percentile rank to parents in the motivation OR creativity section of the gifted eligibility report. The 90th percentile is the minimum qualifying score for each gifted eligibility.
Torrance Test of Creative Thinking (TTCT)– The TTCT is administered in one test session, lasting approximately one hour. The resulting score is reported as a national percentile rank to parents in the creativity section on the gifted eligibility report. The 90th percentile is the minimum qualifying score.