GATE: Gifted and Talented Education

CA Department of Education
Information and resources related to implementation of Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs
  • Program Information 
    Information about funding changes for GATE programs, frequently asked questions, and GATE program resources.

  • Laws & Regulations 
    History of legislation, state laws, and regulations related to implementation of GATE programs.

  • CDE Resources 
    Outside resources for Gifted and Talented Education Programs.

  • CAG: Goals of LCAP and GATE Integrated Services Ideas and Strategies to Consider
  • Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program funding in California is now included in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), authorized by the
    Budget Act for 2013–14, in place of most previously existing K–12 state funding streams. Funding for this program will now be determined at the local level. The following resources provide useful information about GATE for local educators and families as they explore educational options for high-ability students

  • California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) 
    LCFF legislation, in 2014, redistributed state funding from several categorical programs into the general funds provided to districts, allowing local governing boards to make decisions about how to allocate the funds to best meet the needs of their student populations. GATE was one of the categorical programs repealed through this legislation, prompting Senate Bill (SB) 971 to repeal EC sections 52200–52212 later in the year.

    The LCFF provides a unique opportunity for local educational agencies (LEAs) to expand upon or develop new education opportunities for high-ability students in California public elementary and secondary schools, particularly those who are traditionally underrepresented in GATE programming. The LCFF requires stakeholder input during the development of Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP), further expanding the opportunity for educators, families, and other stakeholders to provide input as LEAs develop their annual budgets.

  • CCR, Title 5, for GATE: LCFF overrides the categorical Funding provisions in CCR, Title 5, for GATE
    Although not required, GATE program implementation guidelines provided in the CCRs may still be helpful to districts in both designing and implementing GATE programs and writing district LCAP plans.

California Association for the Gifted (CAG)
An organization of educators, parents, and community members who believe that just as giftedness is defined by diverse academic, social, and emotional traits and abilities, giftedness is also identified within the diverse preschool – 12th grade student populations in our schools.

National Association for Gifted Children
  • Pre-K to Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards
    The standards increase the focus on diversity and collaboration – two powerful principles that guide high quality programs and services.  The standards use student outcomes for goals, rather than teacher practices, keeping them in line with the thinking in education standards generally. Because these standards are grounded in theory, research, and practice paradigms, they provide an important base for all efforts on behalf of gifted learners at all stages of development.

  • National Standards in Gifted and Talented Education
    NAGC has developed national standards in programming and services and teacher preparation to guide high quality education for the nation’s estimated 3 to 5 million gifted and talented students.

  • NAGC-CEC Teacher Preparation Standards in Gifted Education
    NAGC, in collaboration with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG), has developed national standards for teacher preparation programs in gifted and talented education 

  • Advanced Standards in Gifted and Talented Education
    The Council for Exceptional Children, and the Association for the Gifted have approved knowledge and skills that all teachers in gifted education have mastered as a part of their preparation for advanced professional practice.

Orange County Department of Education

Stanford university: Gifted and Talented
    Provides innovative educational tools, unmatched expertise and a supportive community to help students become advanced learners

  • Stanford EPGY - Education Program for Gifted Youth
    Guided by ongoing research at Stanford University, we provide innovative educational tools, unmatched expertise and a supportive community to help advanced students and those seeking academic excellence achieve their greatest potential.
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