GATE / Challenge

In an effort to keep all stakeholders informed about the SPARK Challenge program and identification requirements, the APS GATE department has updated their webpage with the following information new for 2015-2016:

APS Gifted & Talented Department 

On this page, stakeholders can find the following important information and documents:

1 – APS implementation of Georgia Board Rule 160-4-2-.38 – which is the state law governing the identification requirements to be eligible for gifted services throughout the state.

2 – Screening and referral FAQs = what does the school do to identify students in need of testing and who can refer?

3 – Identification and Assessment FAQs = which assessments are used and testing timelines

4 – Parent referral – Permission to test forms.  Forms are due to Ms. Slack, gifted chair, by noon on October 2, 2015.  NO LATE FORMS CAN BE ACCEPTED per the APS GATE Department as testing schedules and orders are placed based on this data.

5 – *NEW* 2015 -2016 informational video explaining many aspects of the gifted program, including the answers to the most commonly asked questions pertaining to the testing process.

Individual parent conferences pertaining to whether or not to test or to go over individual test results are not scheduled at SPARK due to the number/percentage of students tested.  Because this is the case at most APS schools, the GATE department provides these comprehensive resources to help parents to make the most informed decisions possible concerning gifted testing.  Parents are encouraged to download the FAQ documents prior to watching the video (lasts approximately 16 minutes) for easy reference.

GATE / Challenge Upcoming Dates

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Challenge News

Gifted and Talented Education
GATE Results and Process

Gifted testing eligibility results were sent home with students Friday (5/8). Those students qualifying for services will begin next school year and parent permission forms should be returned to Ms. Slack’s mailbox by Friday, May 19th. Because parents may have questions about the testing process, the OGATE team from APS central office will hold an […]

Gifted and Talented Education
GATE Travel

Next year’s gifted and talented student travel has officially been approved! On October 19-20, 2017, GATE students have the opportunity to visit Georgia’s Barrier Islands. During spring break 2018, GATE students have the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica. Please read the attached documents carefully. Please note that these trips are not planned by SPARK […]

16-17 GATE Testing Is Complete

The GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) department has completed all gifted testing for the 16-17 school year.  Many SPARK students participated in the process this year as either a 2nd look (with some data on file) or as 1st look (no or expired data) candidates.  All of the testing materials have been sent for scoring […]

GATE / Challenge Testing

CAAS testing (achievement scores) is currently underway and CogAT (mental ability) testing will begin next week school-wide for all students considered first look (no previous testing or expired data) students.

3rd Annual GATE 5th Grade Invention Convention

When: Tuesday, December 13th, 8:30 – 10:00 Where: Rutland Building Conference area Why: Celebrate 5th graders’ hard work creating inventions to solve every day dilemmas How: Visit and discuss projects with each student to learn more!