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Gifted & Talented Education (GATE)

Gifted & Talented Education (GATE)

Qualifying students are invited to participate in the GUSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. Students in the GATE program receive differentiated instruction in the classroom, as appropriate, based on their interests, preferences, and strengths. Additionally, each school offers GATE learning experiences outside of the regular classroom.

GATE Testing & Identification

  • GUSD students are tested for GATE in third grade.
  • GUSD conducts a universal GATE screening test called the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test 3 (NNAT3).
  • The 30-minute, timed test is given to all GUSD third graders every spring.
  • Prior to testing, parents will receive a notification and an option to opt their child out if they choose.
  • GATE tests are scored and sent home after the GATE testing window closes. 
  • Students who score at or above the 92nd percentile rank will be eligible for participation in GATE. Note that the percentile rank is not to be confused with “percentage correct.”
  • Students identified for GATE remain in the program as long as they are enrolled in GUSD.

About the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test 3 (NNAT3)

  • Computer-based test
  • Presents students with 48 problems within a time limit of 30 minutes
  • Nonverbal test designed to assess ability without requiring the student to read, write, or speak
  • The test does not require any prior preparation, and the results will not impact a student’s grade

For more information about the GATE program, please contact your school site teacher specialist.