Students in Ocean View School District are tested for GATE in the second grade in the month of January each year. Students who are new to the District in grades 3 through 7 are also given an opportunity to be tested in January. Students are given a standardized, norm referenced abilities test, which measures the cognitive abilities that relate to a student's ability to learn. Parent Permission is required for testing. Forms are sent home during Fall Parent Conference week for second graders or may be requested from teachers during Fall conference. Please check with your school site for the exact dates of testing.
Students must have a Age Percentile Rank (APR) of at least 89% to be considered for GATE placement. Students with this ranking are then referred to a School Placement Committee for further review and assessment. This review also includes the student's achievement scores on Smarter Balanced Assessments for students in grade 4 and above. *Due to the suspension of the 2020 Smarter Balanced Assessments, the GATE Committee recommended additionally testing students in grades 4-7 who score a 89 APR - 95 APR on the NNAT3 with the digital OLSAT8. Students who score 89 APR or above on the digital OLSAT8 have qualified.
Parents are notified in the spring if their child has qualified for GATE placement for the following school year. Current OVSD families will receive a GATE Notification in their AERIES Parent Portal. GATE Students who transfer from another school district are placed in GATE on a trial basis for up to one year. At the end of the trial period, the student will be assessed using the measures listed above and further placement will be determined by a school site committee.
GATE Parent Information nights are held in the Spring in order to assist students and parents in making an informed decision about GATE Program placement. Please check with your child's home school for more information about GATE Cluster/Honors Programs.