Gifted & Talented Education (GATE)
The GATE program serves students in grades 1st -5th who have been identified as gifted in accordance with the GDOE’s multiple criteria process. Students in grades 1st , 2nd and 3rd will be served using the cluster model, while students in 4th, and 5th will be served using the pull-out resource model. Warren T. Jackson is an International Baccalaureate school and is required to move from the pull-out resource model to the cluster model. All elementary schools in the North Atlanta Cluster are also following this same plan, as they are all IB schools. In an effort to support this change, we are in the process of certifying all our general education teachers in gifted education. Currently we have over 20 teachers who are certified or are currently completing the coursework for gifted in-field certification.
This supplemental instructional program inspires students to go beyond the common thresholds of learning and feel comfortable doing so. They strive and they achieve, thanks to an innovative program designed by specially certified GATE teachers. The GATE teachers also collaborate with a child’s primary teacher to ensure each student receives ample support to meet expectations in both arenas.
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.