GATE Elementary Program Services-3rd-5th Grade


     According to TEA mandates, programming options must enable identified gifted and talented students to work together, work with other students, and to work independently. To meet these requirements, Birdville offers a continuum of GATE services designed to meet both the academic and affective needs of gifted learners.  All 3rd-5th GATE students are offered the opportunity to participate in Level I and Level II services.

    Level I Services-General Education Classroom:  Clustering in groups of five (5) or more in the general education classroom with a teacher who has completed required GT training.  Differentiated instruction and enrichment may be provided by the classroom teacher.  Students may also choose to participate in extra-curricular enrichment activities such as Destination Imagination, Camp Invention, and Battle of the Books.

     Level II  Services-GATE Pull-Out Classes:  Participation in weekly GATE pull-out classes.  Pull-out classes offer GATE students the opportunity to work with cognitive peers for extended time under the direction of a Gifted & Talented Interventionist (GTI) that has received specialized training in working with gifted students.  Curriculum in pull-out classes focuses on the GATE Standards of creative thinking, critical thinking, research/independent learning, social emotional development, empowered (autonomous) learner, and executive functioning skills.  Third-fifth grade GATE pull-out classes meet weekly at central HUBS for 5 hours.   In order to participate in Level II services, students must have a Level II GATE Contract on file in the GT/Advanced Academics Office by the end of the first six weeks of school.


    View schedule for 3-5 pull-out classes


    Level III Services-Acceleration:  Grade level acceleration or telescoping in math (requires additional testing as well as a recommendation from either a classroom teacher or a gifted & talented interventionist).  Some students who have advanced learning in one or more subject areas may be a candidate for a full grade level acceleration or telescoping in math.  The guidelines for each type of acceleration are listed below:

    • Grade level acceleration
      • Credit by Exam testing in four core areas (mathematics, reading/language arts, social studies, and science). 
      • Testing must occur before any prior instruction in the grade level.
      • Students must score an 80% or higher on all four Credit by Exam tests.
      • In addition to scores from Credit by Exam tests, the Iowa Scales for Acceleration is completed as part of the data to determine if a grade level acceleration is the best placement for a student.
    • Telescoping in math
      • Credit by Exam testing in math only.
      • Testing must occur before any prior instruction in the grade level.
      • Students must score a 90% or higher.

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