Protocol for Identifying a GATE or Special Education Student In education, there are various intelligence tests available to determine if a student needs special services for being gifted or for other specialized services. However, before these services can be established there are protocols that must be followed to see if the student qualifies. For this discussion, look up the procedures in a nearby district relating to qualifying a student for GATE or Special Education. What are these procedures? Who is involved? What is the timeline? What services and or programs are available or offered? How has intelligence played a role in determining the student’s eligibility for the program? As an example, Long Beach Unified School District has a wonderful eligibility plan in place for GATE (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. students and Special Education (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Click on the links highlighted in the previous sentence to learn more about them.