The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) services are coordinated by the District GATE program supervisor in collaboration with the site principals and other program administrators to ensure an integrated and coordinated program for the identified students. Students are identified with the use of multiple state and local measures, including CST, District Performance Standards Records, and diagnostic/placement tests. Students are identified through an inclusive process with the participation of school staff, parents, and students, utilizing multiple measures, including the Cummings Checklist, group tests such as the Sages, Naglieri, CogAT, portfolios, anecdotal records, District Performance Standards Records in language arts and math, and interviews.
For 2010-11 school year, the District has eight self-contained GATE classroom housed at Bitely, Dewey, Emerson, Hillcrest, Rice, Sanchez and Willard Schools. Other GATE students are clustered in one to two classrooms at each site. The instructional programs are differentiated to address the educational needs of these students, and they are characterized by acceleration and pacing, depth, complexity and novelty using independent study. In addition, there are monthly Mad Science presentations provided for all the GATE students.
To ensure quality services, intensive research-based professional development is offered district-wide to teachers serving GATE students in an ongoing manner. Highlights of the professional development activities include monthly GATE professional learning community meetings and the GATE certification courses offered in partnership with the University of California, Irvine, and outside conferences.