The GATE test was administered in February of this school year. Results for third grade students and nominated fourth through seventh grade students are typically mailed to families during the month of April.  The Curriculum and Instruction department is working on a solution to provide the results digitally. Thank you for your patience during this time. We hope to provide an update to families shortly after spring break. 

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program Description

The district philosophy and plan is to make program services an integral part of the school day, every day. The district believes that all students must be provided a challenging curriculum that is aligned with state standards and frameworks and allows students to meet and exceed the state academic content standards.

The district’s program design centers around the principles of differentiated instruction and our imperative to meet the intellectual, academic, social and emotional needs of all our students. Teachers strive for depth, complexity, novelty and acceleration in all of their daily instruction. Teachers ensure that students are able to understand, apply and extend beyond the standard(s), and they use the instructional strategies needed to meet the individual needs of each student.
The ongoing focus at the district level will be to support our teacher as they provide instruction through differentiated strategies designed to enhance the educational program for GATE students.
Click on the link below for the California Association of the Gifted website:
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Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How are students identified for GATE?
    Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) uses the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to identify students eligible for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program. This test consists of three batteries which measure verbal, quantitative and nonverbal abilities. There are three short tests within each battery.
  1. Which grade levels are given the CogAT?
    3rd - 7th-grade students are administered the CogAT in their classrooms during the end of the second trimester of each school year unless an opt-out form has been received.
  1. Can students retake the CogAT?
    Only students in grades 5, 6, and 7 who have previously taken the CogAT, and did not pass, have the option to register and retest. The retest opportunity is given once a year in the spring of the following school year. All students must be registered with a parent “permission to test” form in order to retest. The date and time of the test will be posted on the GATE Testing web page approximately a month prior to testing.
  1. What CogAT scores qualify students for GATE?
    In order to be identified as GATE, a student's composite national age percentile rank (APR) must be 98% or above AND 99% in one of the following sections: Verbal (words), Quantitative (math), or Nonverbal (patterns and puzzles).
  1. How are students new to PUSD identified for the GATE program at our district?
    Previously identified gifted students who enter PUSD are considered for GATE identification as determined by the PUSD GATE identification criteria. The parents will need to submit documentation to the school office during enrollment which shows the students’ prior GATE program qualification, along with assessment results that were used for the qualification. Students in grades 3-5 who have not taken a test for GATE qualification prior to their arrival in PUSD must register to take the test in the spring. The specific date and time of the test for each site is posted on the GATE testing web page in January of the each school year.
  1. Do we share information about the CogAT levels? Does the district recommend any materials for preparation to parents?
    To maintain test security, we do not provide information about the specific levels of the CogAT that students will be taking. Our district does not recommend any materials for CogAT preparation to parents. Students are encouraged to take the CogAT with minimal test preparation so that we get an accurate measure of the students' reasoning abilities.  
  1. How soon after the CogAT testing date do parents receive the results? How do they receive results?
    It typically takes about 8-10 weeks from the first week of CogAT administration for parents to receive results.
  1. When is the testing window this school year?
    The "Testing Window" for grades 3-7 is February 3-28, 2020.

GATE Mission/Vision Statement

The Pleasanton Unified School District has a responsibility to foster in all students critical-thinking, leadership, and academic skills that are necessary for succeeding in a global society. Fulfilling this mission requires that the district’s schools nurture students’ inherent and developed talents and abilities while also meeting their social and emotional needs. A strong gifted program has a positive impact on the learning process for all students. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the district to provide gifted students with individual learning opportunities, resources, and experiences which promote these talents and which provide the potential for self-fulfillment, creativity, and responsible participation in our society.