The California Department of Education (CDE) administers the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program, which provides funding for local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop unique education opportunities for high-achieving and underachieving pupils in the California public elementary and secondary schools. Each school district’s governing board determines the criteria it will use to identify students for participation in the GATE program. Categories for identification may include one or more of the following: intellectual, creative, specific academic, or leadership ability; high achievement; performing and visual arts talent; or any other criterion that meets the standards set forth by the State Board of Education (SBE). The GATE program is authorized under Education Code (EC) sections 52200-52212.
The GATE Resource Guide has been developed as a technical assistance document for LEAs that receive state funding to provide programs for gifted and talented students. The guide clarifies the requirements of EC sections 52200-52212, related provisions of California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 5, and the SBE Recommended Standards for Programs for Gifted and Talented Students. It also provides information for district and county office GATE coordinators, administrators, principals, teachers, and parents regarding implementation and evaluation of effective programs for gifted and talented students.
The guidance in the GATE Program Resource Guide is not binding on LEAs or other entities. Except for the statutes and regulations that are referenced herein, compliance with the guidelines is not mandatory. (EC 33308.5)