• Universal Screening & GATE Identification 

    Annually the Education Services Department hosts a Universal Screening Parent Presentation, giving parents and guardians the opportunity to learn about the GATE screening and identification process.  If you were unable to make this year's presentation, you can download the presentation and all handouts below.  


    Universal Screening Parent Presentation

    Monday, October 28, 2019

    District Office Training Room 

    6:00pm - 7:00pm


    Universal Screening Presentation Flyer


    Presentation Handouts

    Grade 3 Initial Screening Form (TIER 1)

    Grades 4-5 Initial Screening Form (TIER 1)

    Grades 3-5 Multiple Measures Form (TIER II)

    Grades 6-7 Multiple Measures Form (TIER II)

    Grade 6 Honors ELA Placement Rubric 

    Secondary Mathematics Pathways


    Process of Screening/Identification

    The Los Alamitos Unified School District uses a TWO-TIER Screening Model.  Screening forms are used when considering third through seventh grade students for identification. The screening forms assist school personnel and parents in focusing on the specific criteria used to establish identification.  Additionally, these forms ensure that the identification process is comprehensive and equitable for all students.   Before completing the forms, teachers are trained at the school site, in addition to the five-month process being overseen by a site GATE coordinator and the Director of Assessment & Accountability. 

    The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) is scheduled at each school site within the months of January and February. When the OLSAT results are returned, the GATE Identification Committee meets to review all student data.  The committee is comprised of all eight site coordinators and the Director of Assessment & Accountability. The committee reviews supportive evidence, such as written examples of the student's work, achievement records, and standardized achievement scores and completes all necessary screening rubrics to determine qualification outcomes.  If the results of private testing are available, these assessments are also considered as a piece of evidence, not as automatic identification.  The identification is based on the rubrics from TIER I or TIER II screening protocols.  For access to all rubrics and more information on the TWO-TIER screening protocols please access the Universal Screening Presentation.  


    Screening of Third Through Seventh Grade Students

    OLSAT Assessment Window (January – February)

    Identification Screening Window (January – May)

    All students in the third grade are screened, with parental consent, for GATE identification as part of the district's universal screening program. During Fall Parent-Teacher conferences parents/guardian can give written consent to have their student to take the OLSAT.  The Los Alamitos USD recognizes GATE identification beginning in fourth grade. 

    Students in grades four through seven can be screened annually by teacher or parental request.  

    Site GATE Coordinators & OLSAT Administration Dates

    3rd Grade – During the School

    4th-7th– After School


    McGaugh Elementary School

    Coordinator: Wendy Wood (wwood@losal.org)

    OLSAT Practice Test: TBD

    OLSAT Administration: TBD


    Hopkinson Elementary School

    Coordinator: Noreen Curry (ncurry@losal.org) and Rachel Metcalfe (rmetcalfe@losal.org)

    OLSAT Practice Test: TBD

    OLSAT Administration: TBD


    Weaver Elementary School

    Coordinator: Traci French (tfrench@losal.org)

    OLSAT Practice Test: TBD

    OLSAT Administration: TBD


    Rossmoor Elementary School

    Coordinator: Debbie Segal (dsegal@losal.org)

    OLSAT Practice Test: TBD

    OLSAT Administration: TBD


    Lee Elementary School

    Coordinators: Leslie Avery (lavery@losal.org) & Becky Schumacher (bschumacher@losal.org)

    OLSAT Practice Test: TBD

    OLSAT Administration: TBD


    Los Alamitos Elementary School

    Coordinator: Rick Larson (rlarson@losal.org)

    OLSAT Practice Test: TBD

    OLSAT Administration: TBD


    Oak Middle School

    Coordinator: Allen Mendrin (amendrin@losal.org)

    OLSAT Practice Test: TBD

    OLSAT Administration: TBD


    McAuliffe Middle School

    Coordinator: Cara Vienna (cviennea@losal.org)

    OLSAT Practice Test: TBD (After School)

    OLSAT Administration: TBD (After School)


    For additional information please contact Melissa Davis, Director of Assessment & Accountability, mdavis@losal.org, (562) 799-4700 ext. 80462.