Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Information

The Etiwanda School District GATE program serves students identified as GATE in grades four through eight. Eligible students in ESD are initially tested for potential GATE identification at the end of their 3rd-grade year. Once students are identified as GATE, their designation as such will remain while they are enrolled in the Etiwanda School District. Students entering Etiwanda with a previous GATE identification will be recognized as GATE students.

How does a student qualify for GATE? 
Qualification for GATE is a two-part process that includes: student grades and the CogAT exam.

The first step begins with analyzing a child’s classroom grade performance over time in two subject areas: English Language Arts and Math.

Note: In elementary school, ELA is three distinct areas (reading, writing, language) each of which is reported by an individual letter grade. In middle school, all three areas are combined for a single letter grade.

At the end of the second trimester, the grade point averages for all students in grades 3-7 are analyzed. Students earning a combined GPA of 3.75 or higher for trimesters one and two in the areas of ELA and Math are invited to take the CogAT exam during the concluding weeks of the third trimester. PLEASE NOTE – parent permission is required for students to take the CogAT.

The second step for Gate qualification includes the CogAT exam. The Etiwanda School District uses the CogAT form 6 as the assessment tool for identifying exceptional academic abilities. The CogAT is administered at each school site in a group setting – see schedule below. The following levels of the CogAT are administered based upon a child’s grade: 

3rd grade = Level B
4th grade = Level C
5th grade = Level D
6th grade = Level E
7th grade = Level F

Students are assessed in three content domains to ensure a balanced view of the child’s ability. The three areas are:

  • Verbal analysis measures a student’s ability to remember and transform sequences of words to understand them and to make inferences and judgments.
  • Quantitative analysis measures a student’s understanding of quantitative concepts and relationships.
  • Non-verbal analysis measures a student’s ability to reason using pictures and geometric shapes. This section, in particular, reduces the impact a child’s language may play in their overall score.

Based on CogAT scores, students qualify for GATE if their scores are:

Composite Grade Level Percentile Rank score of 90+
Composite Standard Age Score of 128+, or a Standard Age Score of 128 in any of the three areas assessed

Please see for additional information about our GATE program.

GATE Parent Night

For the Gate presentation for the school year 2090-2020 please click here!

For the Gate Ferris Wheel Frenzy permission slip please click here!