Ross F. Baldwin Elementary

Gifted and Talented

Baldwin’s GATE Program

At Baldwin, we believe in differentiating our curriculum to meet individual student needs. Teachers are trained in the nature and needs of gifted learners and continue to receive continuing education in differentiation techniques and best practices.

Following our district’s recommendations, Baldwin will identify students in grades 3-5 during the fall semester, and students in grades K-2 in the spring. The GATE screening process includes several steps: nomination, screening, and selection. Information considered in the decision includes parent, teacher and student input, a portfolio of student work on common assessment tasks, and the CoGAT, a standardized assessment administered at school.Qualitative and quantitative Input and data from parents, teachers and the student are considered by the committee in determining student identification in the GATE program. Additional information with deadlines, etc. will be sent in the Principal’s messenger and in the ROAR.

Students will be formally identified to participate in one or more of the interdisciplinary programs through the GATE screening process. Elementary-level students will be screened for both programs. GT STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for students identified gifted in math and/or science and GT Humanities for students identified gifted in language arts and/or social studies.

Talent Exploration (TE) STEM and Talent Exploration (TE) Humanities supports high-ability students who do not qualify for GT services. Activities target gifted and talented students but are available to high-ability students. These students are identified through the GATE screening process.

More information about the AISD GATE program is available from the Department of Advanced Academic Services website. Please go to https://www.austinisd.org/advancedacademics

If you are interested in nominating your child for the GATE program, please print and complete the attached Parent Gifted Characteristics Checklist which includes permission to test to your child’s teacher or the front office by the deadline. No late nominations will be accepted due to the tight deadline for requesting the CogAT online assessments. After the GT identification process is completed, parents will receive a letter from the school, through the U.S. mail, informing you of the GATE selection committee’s decision.

Thank you for your interest and support of the GATE program at Baldwin!

Below is the calendar of deadlines for the 2019-2020 school year:

 

FALL 2019

Nominations for Grades 3-5 only  

September 9th-September 20th

Parent Permission to Test

Due no later than September 27th

Gathering Work Samples/Teacher Input

October 14th -November 8th

Student Testing Window

October 14th -November 8th

Committee Decisions

November 11th- December 5th

Parent Letters Mailed

December 10th

Services begin for newly identified students upon return in January 2020.

Please hold all nomination forms for K-2 until the spring nomination window.

 

SPRING 2020

Nominations for K-2 Only

November 4th-December 2nd

Parent Permission to Test

Due no later than December 13th

Gathering Work Samples/Teacher Input

January 13th-February 14th

Student Testing Window

January 13th-February 14th

Committee Decisions

February 18th-February 28th

Parent Letters Mailed

March 2nd

Services begin for newly identified students in the Fall of 2020.

Checklist for Parents