Special Services Gates Identification


GATES IDENTIFICATION

According to Chapter 104, Education of Gifted and Talented Children in the State of Maine, “Each school unit shall conduct an initial screening and thereafter an annual review of the K-12 population to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to be considered for selection and placement in the gifted and talented program.”

Formal identification takes place during the spring for students in grades three, five, and eight. Students who have outstanding intellectual or special academic needs will be formally identified through this process.

Objective and subjective data are collected on all students in grades three, five, and eight.

Identification can fall under General Intellectual Ability or Specific Academic Aptitude.  Below are the required criteria for identification: 

General Intellectual Ability in Grades 3 and 5

1. OLSAT-score of 140 or above

2. NWEA- 2 years of scores are averaged with the lowest score removed. NWEA Average of 99%ile in reading and/or math.

3. Twelve Traits of Giftedness Teacher Nomination Form- 9 out of 12 Traits

Students must meet all three criteria in order to be identified. 

General Intellectual Ability in Grade 8: 

1. OLSAT-score of 140 or above

2. NWEA- Average score of 99%ile in reading and/or math (3 scores) 

3. Teacher Checklist of Student Behaviors is completed for reading, math, science, and social studies. Students are evaluated by GATES Staff and classroom teachers for evidence of learning Characteristics related to Subject Area, Creativity/Problem Solving, and Motivational Characteristics. 

Students must meet all three criteria in order to be identified. 

Specific Academic Aptitude in Grades 3 and 5 

1. OLSAT- score of 130 or above. 

2. NWEA-2 years of scores are averaged with the lowest score removed. NWEA Average of 97%ile in reading and/or math.

3. Twelve Traits of Giftedness Teacher Nomination Form-7 out of 12 traits. 

Specific Academic Aptitude in Grade 8: 

1. OLSAT- score of 130 or above. 

2. NWEA- Average of 97%ile in reading and/or math. (3 scores)

3. Teacher Checklist of Student Behaviors is completed for reading, math, science, and social studies. Students are evaluated by GATES Staff and classroom teachers for evidence of learning Characteristics related to Subject Area, Creativity/Problem Solving, and Motivational Characteristics. 

Students must meet all three criteria in order to be identified. 

Additional Criteria, including WASI scores may be used to reassess if OLSAT and/or NWEA scores are very close to the above criteria. 

 

Students may be monitored by GATES Staff in grades 3, 5 and 8 if they meet the following criteria based on evidence from the Specific Academic Aptitude Category (see above): 

A- Meet Criteria 1 and 2 and some teacher traits/teacher checklist of student behaviors

B- Meet Criteria 1 and 3 and have an average NWEA score of 94%ile

C-Meet Criteria 2 and 3 and have an OLSAT score of 125-129. 

Individual Learning Plans (ILP) will be developed for each identified student.

The Child Study Team (CST), made up of GATES staff, classroom teachers, and district administration, convene in May. The GATES staff will present information gathered through the screening process to the CST. Students are selected as intellectually gifted or gifted in a specific academic area. Between three to five percent of the grade level population will be identified for GATES services. Parents will be notified by mail of CST’s determinations. Written permission is required to participate in the GATES program.

Parents may appeal decisions made by the CST. To begin the appeals process the parent completes a GATES Appeals Form (see Forms). All new information is then considered by the CST. The decision made by by the CST is final.