IMPORTANT CHANGE IN GIFTED TESTING
In spring 2011 LAUSD will begin testing all second graders for giftedness in the High Achievement category using the Otis Lennon School Ability Test, 8th edition (OLSAT 8).
If students pass with a score of 95%+ they will be identified as gifted High Achievement. Those with scores 90-94% and with CST test scores will also be identified. If identified, your child can enroll in LAUSD gifted programs, including gifted magnet schools.
Please note that the OLSAT does NOT qualify children as Highly Gifted; only an Intellectual test administered by an LAUSD psychologist can qualify your child as HG, allowing them to apply for the HG magnet schools. If your child does well on the OLSAT and you are interested in HG magnets, you should request Intellectual testing to qualify.
More information on the District’s OLSAT testing can be found here: http://www.lausd.net/lausd/offices/GATE/Parent%20Newsletter_Winter.pdf
http://www.lausd.net/lausd/offices/GATE/index.html This is the link for the LAUSD GATE Office.
Generally “gifted” designations seem more important for elementary and middle schoolers. Gifted students are essentially slotted into honors course and SAS (schools for advanced studies) programs. There are gifted magnets at the elementary and middle school level. Generally, high schools all offer honors and AP course work so the designation is less important. However, as a few gifted high school magnets have rolled out at Taft and Kennedy, this may change.