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Curriculum: GATE

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1299 E. 32nd St.
Signal Hill, CA 90755

Department Phone 
(562) 424-9012

GATE Identification

GATE Identification procedures differ from district to district.  LBUSD students have the opportunity to participate in universal screening for possible GATE identification once during their 2nd and/or 4th grade year within the designated screening window.   LBUSD follows California GATE Standards recommendations in utilizing multiple measures to determine identification.  


Samples of Multiple Measures:
  • Cognitive assessment (CogAT) - Universal Screening in 2nd & 4th grade

  • Student Achievement Report scores 

  • Grade level specific District assessments that are available to all students

  • Traits, Aptitudes, & Behaviors (TABs) of gifted potential - Teacher observation

  • State assessment results (SBAC) 


2023-2024 GATE Screening Notifications

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CogAT Pre-Screener Notification

September 2023,

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This is a notification that all 2nd and 4th grade students, who are not already GATE identified, will have an opportunity to be screened for potential Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) identification. The district will utilize the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Pre-screener, as the initial screening tool in the GATE identification process.

The CogAT Pre-screener is a computer based assessment that will be administered at your child’s school site. It is a timed, multiple choice assessment that takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. The CogAT is a test of general reasoning ability and indicates how students learn new tasks and solve problems, particularly when given little or no direct instruction. The reasoning abilities measured are in the areas of verbal (words), quantitative (numbers), and non-verbal (puzzles and shapes) reasoning. Based on the results of the CogAT Pre-screener, your child may be eligible to participate in the CogAT Post-screener. Scores from the complete CogAT assessment are one of multiple measures used for GATE identification.

Please note that students can only participate in the CogAT screening process once during the district wide GATE identification screening period indicated for their grade level. The district wide CogAT Pre-screener testing window is scheduled for Monday, October 2nd through Friday, November 3rd. Each site determines their own screening dates within the testing window. For more information about specific screening dates, please contact the counselor at your child’s school.

CogAT Pre-screening is optional. If you do not want your child to participate in CogAT screening please contact your child's school counselor by Friday, September 29th to opt-out.

The GATE Identification Team


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GATE Identification Non-LBUSD Students

GATE Identified Transfer From Another District

Since GATE identification procedures differ from state to state, and district to district,  GATE identification does not automatically transfer to LBUSD.  A GATE Office review of the outside district's procedures and assessments used to identify the student would need to be conducted to determine if the identification procedures match that of LBUSD.