Gifted and Talented Education
The Torrance Unified School District recognizes the needs of students with exceptional abilities. The purpose of the GATE Program is to identify students with abilities well beyond grade or age expectations, and to support their instructional program by establishing how students can receive differentiated learning experiences within the classroom, opportunities for enrichment, and social-emotional support.
GATE testing remains postponed for the 2020/2021 school year due to the accountability need for in-person assessment. Administration for GATE testing has different technical and proctoring requirements than MAP testing, which is why remote, online testing cannot take place and there is the need for in-person assessment to be conducted for all students during a specified testing period.
Students not tested this year will have the opportunity in the following school year when we fully return to in-person instruction. This means current third grade students will have two opportunities to participate in GATE testing: universal identification screening (as a 2021/2022 fourth grade class), as well as a retesting opportunity (as a 2022/2023 fifth grade student, with parent permission). GATE testing opportunities will also be provided for eligible students currently in fourth and fifth grade (during their respective 2021/2022 fifth and sixth grade year, with parent permission).
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