Gifted & Talented Education (GATE)
Parent Referral for Gifted Testing
Eligibility for the GATE program is based on multiple criteria:
Mental Ability – The CogAT is typically administered to the students over three days. Each testing session is approximately one hour. The resulting score for each battery 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.
Achievement – 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 – 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.
Motivation – Gifted Rating Scales are norm-referenced rating scales based on current theories of giftedness; their use meets state guidelines regarding the definition of gifted and talented students for students in grades K-7. The GRS is a rating scale, completed by a teacher, based upon a child’s motivational behaviors in an academic setting.
Students must meet eligibility requirements in any three of the four above categories.