A GATE student’s general intellectual development is significantly advanced in relation to chronological peers. The process to be formally identified in the GATE Program begins with a determination of:
- Intellectual or Cognitive Ability - Tests include the Raven Progressive Matrices Plus, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, or the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). A student must score at or above the gifted range.
In addition, the process may include up to three additional measures of a student’s ability or potential:
- Achievement - Standardized achievement tests in math and reading/language arts include the CAT6 or CST – Student must score at the advanced level or indicate other evidence of above grade level achievement in math and/or reading.
- Gifted Student Characteristics - Student profiles are obtained from parents and current teacher.
- Impact Factors - Medical history, socio-economic status and participation in the English Language Learner Program are taken into consideration.
If a student has been identified in a previous district using criteria that meets or exceeds the criteria used in the Rocklin Unified School District, the student will be identified without further testing.