Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

  • In 2014, the establishment of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) GATE logo, lightbulb and California Senate Bill 971 repealed all previous laws and regulations for GATE as a categorical program.  School districts may determine all guidelines and policies regarding all aspects of GATE.  

    AUSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) includes action steps in Goal 6 intended to identify GATE students.

  • How does AUSD identify GATE youths?

    AUSD uses the Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test 3 to screen and identify Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students. The NNAT3 is often considered to be the gold standard for unbiased scoring, regardless of a child's primary language or educational history. It assesses pattern completion, spatial visualization, serial reasoning and reasoning by analogy.

    NOTE  Since each school district may determine its own policies and guidelines, other school districts are not obligated to accept AUSD’s findings.

  • What does the test tell us about the GATE-identified student?

    The NNAT3 does not tell us how each student is gifted or talented; it only tells us that he or she has significantly higher problem-solving and reasoning abilities than their peers. 

    Being able to think more quickly, more deeply, and with more complexity poses challenges for the gifted and talented child as well as for his or her family members, friends, and teachers. Knowing that a child thinks differently will help school staff and families to support the child through those challenges.