Rocklin Academy Family of Schools offers universal GATE testing for students in 1st and 4th grade
Students in 1st and 4th grades (who are not already GATE identified) at Rocklin Academy Family of Schools, will be screened for possible Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) identification annually. This assessment will help us identify students and appropriately place them into GATE clusters. If your child participated in the GATE screening process with RAFOS last year, but did not qualify, you may choose to have them screened again. Sacramento State University offers GATE assessments and you can visit them at https://www.csus.edu/center/counseling-diagnostic-services/educational-testing.html.
If your child has already been GATE identified with Rocklin Academy in the past, they do not need to be tested again. Each school district in CA and each state across the nation determines their own identification practices for Gifted and Talented Education services. If a student has been identified in another district using criteria the meets or exceeds Rocklin Academy Family of Schools criteria for GATE identification, the student will be identified GATE and no further testing is required. In order to determine whether or not your child’s GATE status is transferable, documentation of GATE status from the previous district/state will be required. Please provide RAFOS with the following documents:
- District letter verifying GATE status and
- GATE screening assessment results
Gifted and Talented Education – GATE
Rocklin Academy Family of Schools strives to identify and serve gifted and high achieving students from all groups, including those from diverse racial, socioeconomic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds. Through highly motivating lessons and appropriate placement in classroom clusters, we provide differentiated learning opportunities during the regular school day that are based on grade level standards extended by depth, complexity and acceleration which enable students to reach their full academic and personal potential.
GATE Identification Process
The intellectual development of a gifted individual is significantly advanced in relation to chronological peers. The process to be formally identified in the GATE Program includes the following:
- Intellectual or Cognitive Ability. Rocklin Academy Family of Schools utilizes the Naglieri Non-verbal Ability Test (3rd edition), otherwise known as NNAT3, which is a non-verbal assessment measuring high-level observation skills and cognitive ability. A student must score at or above the 97th percentile.
In addition, the process includes up to three additional measures of a student’s ability or potential:
- Academic Performance. Performing one full year above grade level in ELA and/or Mathematics (grades 1-3). In grades 4 and up, a student must "Exceeds" standards on CAASPP in ELA and/or Mathematics.
- Impact Factors – Medical history, socioeconomic status and participation in the English Language Development Program are taken into consideration