Important Information During School/Office Closures
Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, staff will be available to support school site staff and families remotely during the closure. Below, please find updates regarding GATE testing, Conservatory of Fine Arts, and Choices/SAS timelines and processes. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact one of our District administrators. Email addresses can be accessed here. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding during this challenging time.
IMPORTANT GATE UPDATES
New Renzulli Instructional Resources for Teachers, Parents and Students (5/5/20) Click here
Renzulli Learning is an interactive online system that provides a personalized learning environment for K-12 students, resulting in increased engagement and higher academic performance. The system quickly identifies student academic strength areas, interests, learning styles, and preferred modes of expression, and then matches each student with thousands of personalized, high interest, engaging educational activities and resources. Renzulli Learning enables teachers to easily differentiate instruction and increase motivation even from a distance! Renzulli Learning personalizes talent development for each student, giving students the tools and resources to increase engagement and achievement.
GATE Resources for Supporting Distance Learning
Parent Notification Process During School/Office Closures
GATE parent notification letters can be downloaded directly from MiSiS by approved school site personnel. However, in response to California's COVID-19 Stay at Home orders and with the closure of the Central Administrative Offices at the Beaudry site, mailing hard copies of parent notification letters has been suspended until further notice. With this shift, we are appreciative of District GATE coordinators as they do their best to support our students and families. District legal counsel has advised that emails are not a secure mode of transmission and, therefore, GATE coordinators must not transmit any student records, including gifted/talented eligibility notification letters, via email. GATE eligibility status is now included on the Parent Portal, which is a part of the LAUSD secure network. Parents may also be notified via telephone of their child’s GATE eligibility status [Gifted, Highly Gifted (HG), Highly Gifted Applicable (HGA), or ineligible], if an urgent response is requested. Updates will be provided as they are available.
Annual GATE Report Update
Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, has eliminated the requirement for all K-12 schools to submit their 2019-2020 Annual GATE Reports on the Principals' Portal.
Intellectual Ability Testing
In an effort to ensure public safety, California instituted a shelter in place order and public schools are closed for the remainder of this academic year. While distance learning can and should take place, gifted identification will not. The instruments, used by designated GATE psychologists (e.g., Intellectual Ability assessments), are designed and normed to be administered in person. Any other administration, including online remote assessment, would invalidate test results. As such, Intellectual Ability testing is suspended until school resumes. Intellectual Ability questions can be directed to Wynne Wong-Cheng, District Coordinator, at email@example.com or the designated GATE psychologist assigned to support your school.
High Achievement Ability and Specific Academic Ability Identification
Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order suspending K-12 State Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) for the 2019-2020 academic year. As a result, gifted identification in the High Achievement Ability and Specific Academic Ability categories (through and automatic MiSiS upload) will not take place during the 2020-2021 school year. However, High Achievement Ability gifted identification based on 2020 OLSAT-8 results, will occur during the 2020-2021 school year. This automatic MiSiS upload will include 3rd grade students, tested in 2nd grade and identified through the OLSAT-8 first administration (March 3-4, 2020) and 3rd grade students, identified during a fall 2020 OLSAT-8 administration. However, it is important to note that the fall 2020 3rd grade OLSAT-8 administration is contingent upon the reopening of District schools. High Achievement Ability and Specific Academic Ability questions can be directed to Wynne Wong-Cheng, District Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a schedule for reopening schools is announced, we will reassess the capacity to schedule a 2020 OLSAT-8 3rd grade administration for school sites that were not able to test during the March 18-19, 2020 testing window. If we can move forward with a fall OLSAT-8 administration, a testing center drop-off timeline will be announced. Schools that have completed the 2nd grade OLSAT-8 March 4-5, 2020 administration are to maintain the OLSAT-8 test booklets and materials in a secure location during the school closure. OLSAT-8 questions can be directed to Wynne Wong-Cheng, District Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Conservatory of Fine Arts
The Saturday Conservatory of Fine Arts has concluded for the 2019-2020 season. Information regarding the application and timeline for the 2020-2021 season is to be determined. Conservatory of Fine Arts questions can be directed to Dr. Nicole Niederdeppe, District Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS)
Selected Application Resources:
LATE Application Resources:
General Information for Parents Click Here.
Again, thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.