The GATE Advisory Committee has recommended, with LEA (Local Education Agency) Board approval, that the NNAT-3 be utilized as the cognitive abilities test for determining GATE eligibility at EUSD. Numerous districts use the NNAT-3 as it has proven reliability and validity across a wide variety of populations.
Here are some key details about GATE Assessments for this academic year:
EUSD parents will receive notification via School Messenger in January 2018 about GATE testing.
Interested parents who wish to have their 3rd-7th grade student tested will need to register for the test (opened in late January) and complete a Testing Consent Form.
Testing will be computer-based and administered on Saturdays (tentative dates - February 24th and March 3rd). Testing venue is TBD.
We are pleased to announce that we are organizing our second Spelling Bee Oral Competition! This event will bring together the top spellers (Grades 4-8) from our district. The 6 winners from each grade level will take the qualifying exams from Placer County Office of Education (PCOE). PCOE will then select who will represent our district in the County Wide Spelling Bee competition on March 14, 2018 (tentative date).
We believe that the innate abilities of gifted students must be developed and nurtured through participation in exciting and challenging instruction. They require modified, differentiated curriculum in order to ensure their growth and success. Differentiation for GATE students in the Eureka Union School District may include:
Modifying content (what students learn)
Modifying process (how students learn)
Modifying product (how students demonstrate their knowledge).
Students may be placed in an advanced mathematics class or reading group, or may be provided extensions to the standard curriculum. Curriculum for GATE students should emphasize critical and creative thinking skills.
All of the teachers in the Eureka Union School District have been trained to differentiate the needs of individual students, and many of our teachers hold a certificate in GATE instruction. This certificate represents 30 hours of professional training specific to the needs of our gifted learners.
Students are first eligible for nomination for the Gifted and Talented designation at the end of their third grade year. Students may be nominated by teachers, administrators, or parents. GATE eligibility will be determined through performance on the NNAT-3 that will be administered in February and March of 2018. For more information about the qualification criteria, and specific GATE activities, please reference the district’s GATE Handbook attached below.