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GATE FAQs

At the most recent district meeting about our GATE Program, parents asked many questions. Here is a list of questions and answers by topic. 

testing & identification

No, it is not an adaptive test.

The OLSAT test is approximately 1 hour.

There are 72 question on the OLSAT test.

Here are some sample problems. 

We hope to notify parents by 11/25/19, about 6 weeks after we started testing.

No, students are not retested in middle school. If a student is identified as GATE, the identification follows them into middle school.

Yes, all parents will receive a "permission to test" letter before testing begins. 

Yes, students can qualify for honors classes in middle school by being identified as GATE or through high achievement.

Sites should have invited all students who scored "Exceeded Standard" in Math or ELA to be tested. Teachers could also give input on additional students to test. Parents could also request that their child be tested. 

LESD uses the 3rd Grade SBAC score to determine if a student will be tested. Students who score at the Standard Exceeded level in either math or English language arts will be tested when they enter the 4th Grade. At this time, we do not have the funding to test all students. We use SBAC as a screening tool.

We are assuming this question refers to OLSAT testing. The test contains verbal and non-verbal questions. Lack of English proficiency may make the verbal portion of the tests more difficult. However, a student without English proficiency should be able to do well on the non-verbal portion of the test.

Funding

LESD has budgeted $8000 for GATE programs for the 2019-2020 school year.

No, we have the same amount allocated for GATE in our LCFF funds. We are using some additional Title II funds for teacher professional learning.

parent support

Parents and families will have access to sessions on the intellectual, academic, social, and emotional needs of their gifted children. CAG sessions will be available in English and Spanish. 

At this time there is no plan to begin a separate committee at this time.  Parents can voice their concerns through current committees such as District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC).

Training & Support

There are currently no GATE trained teachers at Twain. However, one teacher has worked with gifted students for a number of years and has valuable experience differentiating for students.

LESD goal is to have at least one GATE certified teacher at each school.  The certification will be earned through the University of California, San Diego Extension online program. The first set of teachers who are trained will train and support other teachers at the sites. Teachers are free to attend other conferences or trainings that will enhance their knowledge and skills. 

our teachers are GATE certified. Four more will be taking classes starting this year.

Beginning in the next few months (online classes with the University of California,  San Diego Extension.

gate program for students

Yes, the programs vary in size and scope due to the number of GATE students at the site.

Rogers offers Honors ELA and Math in all grade levels. Addams Honors classes are offered in 7th and 8th grade. Compacted Math in the 7th grade is an accelerated class that enables a student to take Algebra in the 8th grade

Both middle schools offer Honors classes in Language Arts. Rogers also offers Honors Science and History classes.

Lawndale Elementary School District has always provided enrichment for GATE students.  It has varied from site to site.  We are in the process of establishing a more coherent and consistent program.

Teachers will work with gifted advocates, principals, and district staff to select different types of GATE enrichment activities to be given to students.

In class differentiation is the focus of services for GATE students. There are several programs/activities offered for GATE students throughout the district.  It varies by school site.   Some take place during the school day and others after school.  Here are some examples of programs: after-school coding club, project-based learning, Discovery Cube, EO-Enrichment Science, robotics, plays, court trials, Digital Breakout EDU, and district-wide art workshop at the end of the year.

In class differentiation is the focus of services for GATE students. There are several programs/activities offered for GATE students throughout the district.  It varies by school site.   Some take place during the school day and others after school.  Here are some examples of programs: after-school coding club, project-based learning, Discovery Cube, EO-Enrichment Science, robotics, plays, court trials, Digital Breakout EDU, and district-wide art workshop at the end of the year.

Increased support is preparing more teachers through GATE teacher certification classes that are online through UCSD.  These teachers will train other teachers on differentiation and enrichment for students in the classroom.  GATE students can be clustered into groups within the mainstream classroom to participate in various activities that will produce critical thinking and offer depth and complexity of content.  Coding, challenging math problems, and real world problem/solutions are a few of the activities to be provided for GATE students.

Depending on the school site of attendance, your child will receive enrichment activities within the classroom and/or after-school.  It will be a good idea to ask the teacher what type of enrichment will the student receive.  As stated above there are various programs and activities that exist throughout the district.

The short-term goals are to be able to offer GATE activities and  enrichment to students on a monthly basis. Long-term goals should be in place by the 2021-22 school year. 

The students have completed testing on the OLSAT.  The re-test will take place in between now and mid-December.

We did not test 3rd grade students until we received their SBAC scores.  These students are currently being tested as 4th graders in the month of October and November. As of November 8th, the first round of testing has been completed.  Enrichment activities for students will begin mid-November. Schools have already begun differentiating instruction and providing activities for GATE students.

The curricula we have chosen for both math and English Language Arts is widely considered rigorous for students. If a student is not challenged a parent can request a parent conference or reach out to the teacher to discuss strategies to improve instruction for the student.

In class differentiation is the focus of services for GATE students. There are several programs/activities offered for GATE students throughout the district. It varies by school site.  Some take place during the school day and others after school. Here are some examples of programs: after-school coding club, project-based learning, Discovery Cube, EO-Enrichment Science, robotics, plays, court trials, Digital Breakout EDU, and district-wide art workshop at the end of the year.

Depending on the school site of attendance, your child will receive enrichment activities within the classroom and/or after-school. It will be a good idea to ask the teacher what type of enrichment will the student receive. As stated above there are various programs and activities that exist throughout the district. This should take place by mid-November.

The California Department of Education gives no guidance on establishing GATE programs.  The trend is not to separate GATE students and place them in a special class.  In LESD we are developing a comprehensive and coherent GATE plan in which the district and school sites are aligned.

The student will be identified as GATE and begin to receive GATE enrichment activities during the school day and possibly after school.  As they matriculate through middle and high school they will be offered honors and advanced placement classes.

We will increase the number of teachers who will be GATE certified.  Those teachers will train and assist other teachers on how to meet the needs of the GATE students.  We will increase the frequency of enrichment activities for GATE students from monthly to eventually weekly activities.  In the short-term we are implementing activities like Digital Breakout EDU, Big Ideas Math, and Problem of the Month.  We are open to parent input as we develop the GATE program.  The timeline is 3 years to develop the complete program.  However, various activities will begin prior to winter break.

The program is during the school hours. At some sites there are activities after school. Please connect with your child's teacher to gather more information

Approximately 6-7% of the students take and pass either test.

This will vary by school site. It is very unlikely that classes are changed at this time of the school year. However, GATE status will be considered when forming classes for the 2020-21 school year.

Middle schools will continue to offer honors classes for both GATE and high achiever students.  The honors classes provide critical thinking and an accelerated pace to meet the needs of GATE students.

The student will be identified as GATE and begin to receive GATE enrichment activities during the school day and possibly after school.  As they matriculate through middle and high school they will be offered honors and advanced placement classes.  Similar to other student groups, the differentiated instruction, activities, and classes will be implemented to meet the needs of GATE students and challenge them.  Similar to other student groups, the differentiated instruction, activities, and classes will be implemented to meet the needs of GATE students and challenge them.

Schools have not reported any issues with GATE students being ostracized socially.  The majority of the school day they are integrated within the main population of students. 

At the elementary school level, LESD uses a cluster model, in which GATE students are clustered in general education classes. No schools have a dedicated class.

A parent can request an inter-district permit if they find a specific program in another district that is not offered in LESD.  There is a process to determine if the request will be granted.

There are both short-term, which is immediate, and long-term goals, six months to a year for the GATE  program.  The short-term is to provide more activities for GATE students.  The long-term is to have one teacher per site certified in GATE strategies to increase activities and services at the school sites.