The GATE program funding is now included in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), authorized by the 2013-14 Budget Act, in place of most previously existing K–12 state funding streams.
Funding for this program will be determined at the local level. The following information about GATE may still be helpful to local educators.
California Education Code (EC) Section 52200 states that, in California public elementary and secondary schools, it is in the public interest to support unique education opportunities for high-achieving and underachieving pupils who have been identified as gifted and talented. Special efforts are made to ensure that pupils from economically disadvantaged and varying cultural backgrounds are provided with full participation in these unique opportunities.
Also, the Legislature’s intent in EC Section 52200 is to improve the quality of existing GATE programs and provide for experimentation in the delivery of these programs, using a variety of programmatic approaches and cost levels. These programs should include all of the following for GATE students:
- Differentiated opportunities for learning commensurate with their particular abilities and talents.
- Alternative learning environments to acquire skills and understanding at advanced ideological and creative levels commensurate with their potentials.
- Elements that help develop their sensitivity and responsibility to others, and a commitment to constructive ethical standards.
- Elements that assist in their development of self-generating problem-solving abilities to expand their awareness of choices for satisfying contributions in their environment.
- Elements that help in their development of realistic, and healthy self-concepts.
LEAs may establish programs for gifted and talented pupils consisting of special day classes, part-time groupings, and cluster groupings. GATE curricular components may be planned and organized as integrated differentiated learning experiences within the regular school day and may be augmented or supplemented with other differentiated activities related to the core curriculum, including independent study, acceleration, postsecondary education, and enrichment. [EC Section 52206]
Frequently Asked Questions
These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) address common fiscal and program issues.
- Gifted and Talented Education Program Resource Guide (DOC)
A guide with Information relating to GATE.
- GATE Resources
Outside resources for Gifted and Talented Education Programs.
- Principal Apportionment
LEA principal apportionment calculations.
- Recommended Standards for Programs for Gifted and Talented Students (DOC)
information regarding standards for GATE programs.