Identifying gifted abilities: Cognitive and Academic ability

GATE identification of Academic and Cognitive abilities are evaluated at different times during the year.

Academic ability is based on students’ state tests scores and their ranking among others in the same age group.  This is calculated and tracked at the district level, not the site level.  Students who meet this criteria are notified by mail in the fall each year.

Cognitive ability is based on the results of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT), which is a logical exam.  This exam is given to all 3rd graders in the Elk Grove Unified School District each year. Middle school students who choose to take the test again to qualify for GATE, may make arrangements with the GATE coordinator. The NNAT is only administered in March at the middle school level.  

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