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Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

Dr. Wendy Molina-Solis, Director of MTSS
Kimberly Carrillo, Executive Secretary
Spring 2022 Gifted and Talented Endorsement Classes-EDUC 5620- Assessment  in Gifted Education
The Goal of GATE in AUSD

AUSD is committed to differentiate instruction for students who qualify for gifted and talented education.  We aim to include ALL identified students so that the AUSD GATE population is one that is racially, socioeconomically, linguistically and culturally diverse.  AUSD commits to providing staff and parents high-quality training so that differentiated opportunities for learning that meet students' unique abilities and talents occur in the classroom with support at home. 


GATE Identification Process:

GATE identification begins in 3rd grade.  All 3rd grade students have the opportunity to be tested in 3rd grade, students in 4th - 8th grades may be tested by teacher referral or parent request.  Parents or guardians interested in having their child GATE tested in grades 4 or above should contact their school site or fill out the request below.


GATE Assessment:

Students are assessed using the online version of the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). The OLSAT is a nationally standardized, norm-referenced, group administered measure of verbal and non-verbal school abilities. Test outcomes determine whether or not a child qualifies for GATE under High Achievement. Students who score within a certain range on the OLSAT but do not qualify for GATE will also be administered the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test which measures a student's problem-solving and seasoning abilities without relying on their language skills. The District's GATE Director and qualified staff review all assessment results and based on either the OLSAT's or Naglieri's eligibility criteria, determine qualification for GATE.


Parent GATE Recommendation Form:

If your would like to recommend your child for GATE testing, use the following link and submit it to your school principal or teacher by the deadline listed below. The District will review all parent recommendations along with the student data listed above and reach out before the GATE testing window to inform you whether or not your child meets the criteria for GATE testing.

Gate Recommendation Form


GATE Identification Timeline:

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) – Elementary Programs – ABC Unified  School District



Aug 9-Sept. 6, 2022

Develop GATE Plans for current Students

Sept. 7, 2022

GATE Plan outlines developed by the teacher for current their GATE students

Sept. 19-23, 2022

GATE Plan for current GATE Students communicated to parents/guardians and a signature is obtained

Sept. 30, 2022

Signed GATE Plans for current GATE students due to the site AP

Nov. 18, 2022

Deadline for teachers & parents to submit students' names (grades 4-8) for potential GATE testing.

Jan 16- Feb 3, 2023

OLSAT & Naglieri Testing Window

March 24, 2023

District notification of OLSAT/Naglieri Results to families

May 12, 2023

GATE Plan Reflections of current GATE Students Due to the AP and District


GATE Assessment:
Elementary students who are identified as GATE receive differentiated instruction in the classrooms, leveled grouping in Strategic Teaming, and site-based Universal Access program offerings.   High school students receive specialized learning through the Honors and AP program offerings, as well as receiving differentiated instruction in the classrooms. AUSD does NOT provide Pull-out GATE programs, however enrichment opportunities are embedded throughout the school day. 


Parent Consent for GATE Testing:

If it is determined that your child may be GATE tested, a Parent Consent for GATE Assessment must be obtained, signed and returned to the school site.  The screening process and recommendation must be documented by the due date prior to obtaining the required parent consent. 


Requesting your child's GATE Assessment Results:

In accordance to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, parents/guardians may request a copy of their child's GATE assessment results through written request.  However, AUSD sends all parents/guardians a copy of the results in late spring, should you require an additional copy, please submit a written request using this link and email it to [email protected].


GATE Parent Online Workshops:

Parent workshops are open for ALL parents/guardians wishing to learn more about GATE and how to differentiate learning and experiences for GATE students both at home and school.

  • September 20, 2022 @ 6pm-7:00pm
       Flyer GATE Workshop 9/20/22
       Recording of GATE Workshop 9/20/22- Video
       Slides of GATE Workshop 9/20/22- Slides
  • November 8, 2022 @ 6pm-7:00pm
       Flyer GATE Workshop 11/8/22
       Recording of GATE Workshop 11/8/22- Video
       Slides of GATE Workshop 11/20/22- Slides
  • February 7, 2023 @ 6pm-7:00pm


GATE Parent Advisory Meetings:

Each school has a parent representative attend the district GATE Advisory Committee meetings. If you are interested in becoming a parent representative for your school, please contact your school principal or assistant principal.

Meeting dates for the 2022-23 school year are: 

October 11, 2022 @ 6pm-7:00pm

March 7, 2023 @ 6pm-7:00pm



Non-AUSD Endorsed GATE Resources and Programs:

There are many opportunities designed specifically for gifted and talented students in the elementary, middle, and high school grades. Alhambra USD does NOT endorse any of the programs and companies mentioned in the links provided below. There are offered as resources for parents and educators to explore.   Any specific questions you may have about these opportunities, please contact the companies noted in the links directly.


The Institute for Educational Advancement


Center for Gifted Education


National Association for the Gifted (NAGC)


California Association for the Gifted


Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted


World Council for Gifted and Talented Children


The Associated for the Gifted


International Gifted Consortium (IGC)


Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth


Davidson Institute for Talent Development


College Admissions Services


Center for Talent Development