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GATE Legislation

GATE Legislation

Changes Governing Gifted and Talented Education: AB2313

The legislation supports unique opportunities for high-achieving and underachieving students who are identified gifted/talented. Its intent is that special efforts be made to ensure that students from economically disadvantaged and varying cultural backgrounds be provided with full participation in unique learning opportunities.

Starting January 1, 2001, the legislation did the following:

Differentiated Instruction: 

The 200-minute per week minimum requirement for differentiated instruction has been eliminated, and replaced with a more rigorous standard that requires instructional programs be planned and organized as an integrated, differentiated learning experience throughout the regular school day, and may be augmented and supplemented with other differentiated activities related to the core curriculum.

Program Features

  •  Accelerated or advanced content
  •  More complex understandings of generalizations, principles, theories, and the structure of the content area
  •  Abstract concepts and thought processes or skills
  •  Level and type of resources used to obtain information, acquire skills, and develop products
  •  Appropriation of longer/shorter time span for learning
  •  Generating new information and/or products
  •  Transfer of learning to new/different disciplines, situations
  •  Development of personal growth and sophistication in attitudes, appreciations, feelings, intuition
  •  Independence of thought and study

New Standards:

Revises the application requirements to reflect new standards for each of the following categories:

Program Design

Provide a comprehensive continuum of services and program options responsive to the needs, interests, and abilities of gifted students and based on philosophical, theoretical, and empirical support.

Identification

Identification procedures are equitable, comprehensive, and ongoing. They reflect the district’s definition of giftedness and its relationship to current state criteria.

Curriculum and Instruction

Develop differentiated curriculum, instructional models and strategies that are aligned with and extend the state academic content standards and curriculum frameworks. The differentiated curriculum is related to theories, models, and practices from the recognized literature in the field.

Social and Emotional Development

Establish and implement plans to support the social and emotional development of gifted learners to increase responsibility, self-awareness, and other issues of affective development.

Professional Development

Provide professional development opportunities related to gifted education to administrators, teachers, and staff to support and improve educational opportunities for gifted students.

Parent and Community Involvement

Provide procedures to ensure consistent participation of parents and community members in the planning and evaluation of programs for gifted students.

Program Assessment

Establish formal and informal evaluation methods and instruments that assess the gifted program and the performance of gifted students (which meets or exceeds state content standards). Results of data collected, including state standardized tests, are used to study the value and impact of the services provided and to improve gifted programs and gifted student performance.

Budget

Budgets for gifted programs support and provide for all the components of the District’s GATE program and meet the related standards.

Categorical education programs, including funding for Gifted and Talented Education are in constant need of public support. Existing federal and state accountability systems redirect funds away from GATE to other purposes. The result has been a severe reduction in services to GATE students.

 

NOTE: 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 (California Department of Education).

 

*Adapted from LAUSD