Referral/Identification/Appeals Process

Last Updated: 9/10/2020 6:38 PM


Idaho Code requires more than one means of identification. 

Formal identification of learners begins in the spring of the second grade. The initial referral for the elementary GATE program can be made by a child’s teacher, parent/guardian or other professional staff. Referral forms must be submitted to the classroom teacher and then forwarded to the GATE facilitators. Parents are notified and must give written consent prior to any individual or standardized assessment. Second grade learners are screened for potential qualification using the Teacher Checklist for Identifying Gifted Students. The district uses the assessments outlined below for identifying learners who may be eligible for gifted and talented services. Students must qualify on two formal assessments and one informal assessment to be eligible for GATE enrollment. 

In order to ensure test validity learners may not be tested for GATE eligibility more than twice during a three-year span. Learners transferring into the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District must meet district identification criteria. 


Pocatello/Chubbuck School District currently uses the following means of assessment for identifying learners who may be eligible for gifted and talented services. Learners must qualify on one informal and two formal assessments assessment to be eligible.

Formal Academic: 

Idaho Standards Achievement Test 96th percentile

SAGES-3  96th percentile 

Formal Cognitive: 

Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) 98th percentile

WISC-IV     98th percentile 

*TONI         98th percentile 

*UNIT         98th percentile


Checklist of GT Characteristics (Referral) 45/56


*The district recognizes that outstanding talents are present in children and youth from all cultural groups, twice exceptional students and across all economic strata; therefore, the alternative formal assessments included above are used when appropriate. 

Students from under-represented minority populations will be screened during the fall using current ISAT data. Those who score above the 96th percentile will automatically be referred for testing. 


GATE Referral Form:

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Elementary GATE Appeals Process:

If initiated by a GATE Facilitator, an appeals process has been established for students who have been tested for the Gifted and Talented Program but did not meet one or both of the requirements. To be eligible for the appeals process students must have scored within five percentile points of the district's qualifying criteria. Students who qualify for the process will be provided the opportunity to showcase their gifts/talents and explain why they feel they have meet the qualifications for the GATE program in alternate ways, (work samples, leadership qualities, etc). The Appeals Committee will review the evidence provided by the student, parent, and/or classroom teacher to determine if the student qualifies. 
This committee strives to continue to serve and identify gifted students that may not be easily identifiable due to language or cultural barriers, homelessness or low-income households, or disabilities, but still display signs of giftedness. 

Appeals Process Google Form: