• GATE – OLSAT Testing

    Jefferson School District provides 2nd – 8th grade students the opportunity to participate in an assessment used for identifying Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students. Currently, the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Eighth Edition (OLSAT-8) is available two times each school year: Fall and Spring. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, JSD will test all second grade students to be considered for GATE. This is part of a District-wide plan to address the disproportionate number of underrepresented student populations identified as gifted and capture students who may be overlooked in the current identification process.

    Spring 2019 GATE Testing

    Spring Gifted and Talented (GATE) testing is open to all third through seventh graders who have not taken the OLSAT 8 in the past three years.  Testing will occur after school at your child’s school site.  The testing schedule can be found below.  Parents are responsible for student transportation.  If you would like your child to participate in the upcoming GATE testing, please contact the school office and ask for a GATE application or go to the Jefferson School District Website (www.jeffersonschooldistrict.com).  The application can be found under Academic Programs, Gifted and Talented, GATE student application or click:


    The application must be completed and returned to the school office by March 22nd .  Test Dates & Locations: 

    Tuesday, April 9th GATE Testing at Monticello

    Tuesday, April 9th GATE Testing at Anthony Traina

    Wednesday, April 10th GATE Testing at Tom Hawkins

    Friday, April 12th GATE Testing at Jefferson


    Once all applications are received parents / guardians will be contacted and provided the time of testing and the classroom to report to.

    Please contact Student Services if you need additional information: (209) 836-4531  or   ssteen@sjcoe.net


    2nd Grade GATE Testing

     The OLSAT-8 will be administered to all students in grade 2. The test window is April 29th – May 17th. All 2nd grade students will be assessed unless the parent / guardian provides written notice to opt the student out of this testing. Opt out notice must be received by the School or the Student Services Office by April 17th

    The OLSAT-8 is a nationally standardized, norm-referenced, group administered, measure of verbal and non-verbal school abilities. It is a multiple choice test that lasts approximately 60 minutes. The areas measured include:

    • Verbal Comprehension: understanding of language; similarities and differences among words
    • Verbal Reasoning: using language to infer, apply, and classify
    • Pictorial Reasoning: inferring from and evaluating pictures
    • Figural Reasoning: reasoning involving geometric shapes


    Students identified for GATE services are provided with educational opportunities to realize their full potential. 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 are imperative to meet the intellectual, academic, social and emotional needs of all 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.