Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) – OLSAT Testing
Spring GATE Testing 3rd – 7th Grade: March 18
2nd Grade Testing: April
There are three ways to qualify for GATE in Jefferson Elementary School District: Earn a qualifying score on the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT), meet the district CAASPP Score criteria, or through the teacher recommendation / portfolio process. Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) testing is open to second through eighth graders who have not taken the OLSAT 8 in the past three years.
Jefferson Elementary 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 using the past practice. The testing schedule can be found below for each school site.
Parents are responsible for student transportation if participating in the after school test. 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) for the application.
Spring Testing Schedule: The application must be completed and returned to the school office by: Friday, March 6th
Applications are available in the office or online at https://www.jeffersonschooldistrict.com/Page/53