Tuesday, September 2, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Re-evaluate GATE approach

By
From page A10 | November 07, 2012 |

In her Oct. 28 opinion piece, Debbie Nichols Poulos speaks from personal experience as a teacher in the 1980s, but the law governing gifted education has changed since then. Current California law focuses on “gifted and talented” students, not just “intellectually gifted” students, and a district may design its GATE program to serve students with ability (or potential ability) in intellect, creativity, leadership, visual/performing arts or other areas that is “extraordinary” in relation to the pupil’s chronological peers.

Assuming the district elects to use “intellectual ability” as a category for GATE identification, state law does not designate what IQ cutoff (i.e., IQ 130) the district shall apply.

The number of GATE-identified students does not affect the amount of state funding received, so long as the district has some kind of GATE program for at least one category of GATE-identified student. So, if our district elected to offer self-contained placement only to “highly gifted” students (IQ over 150, approximately 1 percent of the student population) and twice exceptional students (high intellectual ability plus learning disability), it still would qualify as a participating district and get the full allotment of extra funds.

In a city like Davis, where approximately 30 percent of students are GATE-identified, it makes no sense to suggest that those students are “extraordinary” as related to their peers and have “special needs” that require their placement in self-contained classrooms. Meanwhile, the “highly gifted” or twice exceptional students are not well-served in self-contained classes full of high achievers who would succeed in any classroom.

In my opinion, it is time for the district to re-evaluate its approach to GATE education and build a model where differentiated curriculum for all students in their neighborhood/home elementary schools is recognized as the optimal placement for the vast majority of elementary students. At the secondary level, a smaller GATE program should be just one of several options including Da Vinci and the new project-based learning strand at Harper, both of which provide innovative and exciting educational alternatives to all Davis students.

Karen Hamilton

Davis

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Planning begins for Davis Neighbors’ Night Out

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

     
    Davis is not immune: Are you ready for a big quake?

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    6 militants killed in U.S. strike in Somalia

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    San Francisco is first to test urban farming law

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Sword-attack suspect awaiting trial in Davis

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

    Learn about RNA at Science Café

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Google Glass will be discussed, demonstrated

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Tickets still available for DHS Hall of Fame dinner

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Cuddle up at Project Linus’ meeting

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Public opinion sought about Nishi Gateway

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A3

     
    International folk dancing offered Sundays

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Got bikes? Donate ‘em!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Rose garden bricks to be dedicated Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    It’s About Time plays Davis Farmers Market’s Picnic in the Park

    By Anthony Siino | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Register year-round at Davis Chinese School

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Forum

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A4

     
    Have the facts before you judge

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Tesla has state walking a tightrope

    By Tom Elias | From Page: A4

     
    Special-needs passengers ignored

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

    A cure for Davis’ problems

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

     
    A good use for the MRAP

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A4

    Marriage vs. male instinct

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    .

    Sports

    DHS boys looking to replicate a big cross country performance

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Life without MacDonald starts Friday for DHS

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Clark recalls his hole-in-one — the first at Davis Golf Course

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Fruits of their Labor Day

    By Sue Cockrell | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD roundup: Aggies edge Quinnipiac in overtime

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    Sports briefs: Hot Shots basketball tryouts coming up

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

     
    Baseball roundup: Aces end River Cats’ season

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B3

    Junior Blue Devils strong in home debut, winning 3 on the field

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Elaine Dracia Greenberg

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7