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GATE Identification



PVUSD uses multiple measures to evaluate students for GATE identification:


Cognitive Assessment Test (CogAT):

  • Measures abilities across the symbol systems that are most highly correlated with fluid reasoning, problem solving, and success in school. With its separate measures of Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal reasoning, this research-based and proven test provides multiple perspectives on student ability across grades K–12.  The CogAT measures students’ reasoning and problem solving abilities in three domains:

    • Verbal

    • Nonverbal 

    • Quantitative

  • PVUSD universally screens all second graders using the CogAT

  • The second grade version of of the CogAT, form 8, level 8, has questions and answer choices read to the students in both English and Spanish, thus reducing language load and the inherent bias of English only assessments

Students who score in the 90th percentile or above in any one of the three domains will be identified GATE.  Students who score high, though less than the 90th percentile may be identified based on the following criteria:

  • Specific Academic Ability:
    Consistently exhibit advanced ideas and products and/or score exceptionally high on achievement tests in a specific area including exceptional growth on the North West Educational Assessment (NWEA), MAPS test.  

  • Observable Common Characteristics of Gifted Students.  These characteristics may include: cognitive, affective, behavioral and creative traits.

  • Extraneous Variables are considered on an individual basis.

School sites partner with PVUSD GATE services to ensure that students at each site are identified. As one of PVUSD’s core values of equity, we consider multiple variables in the identification process.  


Parents, teachers or administrators may request a reevaluation for GATE identification.