- Now that districts are focused on implementing the rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS) does that mean there is no longer a need for GATE programs?
While the CCSS and academic content standards adopted by the state of California provide the basis for a rigorous core curriculum, they may not be sufficient replacements for services that provide adequate challenges for gifted students. Many districts have chosen to keep their GATE programs intact and continue to follow best practices for educating gifted and talented students.
- Will LEAs be required to provide differentiated curriculum for students identified as gifted and talented within the regular school day per Education Code Section 52206 and Title 5 Section 3840?
In response to LCFF legislation, California Senate Bill 971 (signed into law September 2014) repealed all previous California Education Code that referred to GATE as a categorical program. The language contained in EC sections 52200-52212 is no longer in effect but Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations has not yet been modified to reflect this change. LEAs may determine program guidelines and policies regarding all aspects of GATE.
- What programs does the local high school offer to gifted students?
A variety of courses and programs for gifted students is offered in most California schools service grades nine through twelve. Individual high schools make decisions about how to serve accelerated students, including optional enrolment of younger students from the middle grades who may be placed in high school courses. Early college high schools, Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate programs, and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) are popular examples of options for accelerated secondary level students. For more information, contact your local high school district office and ask for information about programs for accelerated students. At the California Department of Education (CDE), see the Career & College Transition Division's High School Web page.
- With the repeal of Education Code Sections 52200-52212 under California Senate Bill 971 what guidelines should districts follow for their GATE programs?
Though EC sections related to GATE have been repealed, the Gifted and Talented Education Program Resources Guide (DOC), which includes the State Board of Education Recommended Standards for Gifted and Talented Education, may still be helpful when making local decisions related to identification, differentiated curriculum, parental and community involvement, etc.
- What resources are available to parents of gifted children?
Many California school districts have a GATE Program Coordinator who can serve as a resource for parents with questions about local school, and community, programs. See the California Association for the Gifted for links to regional parent and educator representatives, recommended readings, and educational activities for gifted students.