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See the steps below on how a student is typically identified for the gifted and talented program.


1. Nomination by parent, teacher, principal, peer, self or test scores

2. Parent submits permission to test & referral forms, teachers fill out observation form

3. The student is tested with the CogAT (1st, 4th, or 6th) or is given a different intelligence test by school’s gifted and talented    coordinator.

4. Test results are scored and analyzed.

5. If a student scores in the 97th percentile or above on the composite scale (can include the standard error of measure), the student is automatically submitted to the committee for acceptance in the GATE program.

6. If a student scores in the 88th to 96th percentile, observation forms, and previous standardized test scores are analyzed to determine multi-criteria, or particular academically ability program (SAAP) qualification. Gifted and talented education (GATE) requirement can occur with a high amount of other skills.

7. St. Mary’s GATE committee meets once several students have qualified. It is to verify the students who have complied with St. Mary guidelines. Committee members sign approval or submit reasons why they do not approve of qualification.

8. Parents are notified of the student acceptance in the program or test results if they did not qualify. In some cases, retesting can occur if a student does not qualify.

9. Parents return the permission form to serve.

10. Students receive services stated in the GATE’s plan unless they do not provide permission to serve.

Note: This process can take several weeks, so prompt attention to the returning of forms can assist in speeding up the process