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Intellectual Ability Testing
Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a new Stay-at-Home Order that went into effect on Sunday, December 6, 2020. Due to the extremely high level of COVID-19 cases in the Los Angeles area, Superintendent Beutner made an announcement on Monday, December 7, 2020 that it is no longer safe and appropriate to have any L.A. Unified students on campus.
Therefore, beginning on Thursday, December 10, 2020, all in-person GATE assessments will be placed "on hold." This temporary suspension will remain in effect until Monday, January 11, 2021 (after winter recess). The District will continue to evaluate the situation and provide updated information as it is available.
Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, staff will continue to work collaboratively with Student Integration Services to mitigate the impact of the suspension of in-person intellectual assessments on students interested in applying for a gifted magnet. (Currently, referrals can be submitted for all gifted/talented categories.) In addition, Gifted Magnet programs and Schools for Advanced Studies (SAS) will continue to utilize the verification of eligibility process for non-identified applicants. 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.
Categories of Identification
In accordance with California Ed Code, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) defines a gifted and talented student as one who exhibits excellence or the capacity for excellence far beyond that of their chronological peers in one or more gifted/talented categories.
High Achievement Ability
Specific Academic Ability
Visual Arts Ability
Performing Arts Ability (Dance, Vocal, Drama)
Parents interested in identifying a student as gifted should contact their child's school and meet with the school site GATE coordinator to learn about the identification process.
LAUSD Board of Education has adopted a plan for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), which includes District policies and procedures for identifying gifted learners in seven categories. The District’s policies and procedures for gifted/talented identification are in accordance with California State requirements and the District’s agreement with the Office for Civil Rights.
Students may be referred for assessment by a parent, teacher, friend or self-referral. However, the referral must be screened and the recommendation to continue the identification process must be made by LAUSD school certificated personnel. Recommendations must be supported by school records. The screening process and recommendation must be documented prior to obtaining the required parent consent and completing the referral.
Students Eligible for Gifted/Talented Identification Referral
Students who are enrolled in Los Angeles Unified School District schools.
Charter Schools: (Independent and affiliated charter schools must be within LAUSD boundaries and be authorized by LAUSD).
All charter schools in LAUSD may request evaluations for identification of students through the Fee-for-Service process.
Interested charter schools are to contact the Charter Schools Division for information regarding Fee-for-Service process.
The Fee-for-Service form must be signed by the administrator before a referral can be submitted for students to be assessed.
Students Ineligible for Referral for Gifted Identification - Students not eligible for referral include students enrolled in:
Independent charter schools either outside of LAUSD boundaries or not authorized by LAUSD.
Home school programs not affiliated with the City of Angels, an independent study school for LAUSD.
A Parent Consent for Assessment and Program Placement must be obtained, signed and returned to the referring school. Recommendations must be supported by school records. The screening process and recommendation must be documented prior to obtaining the required parent consent and completing the referral.
Please Note: The referral must be screened and the recommendation to continue the identification process must be made by LAUSD school certificated personnel.