Exciting changes for Gifted and Talented children are taking place at the Colorado Department of Education including: new funding appropriations, expanded definitions for Gifted and Talented identification, and Standards Based Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs) for all GT students in Colorado public schools.
Below you'll find some of the CDE's latest information, and a link to the House Bill 14-1102: Concerning gifted education programs in public schools fact sheet. Click on the CDE link at the bottom of the the page for the most current news and updates!
All Gifted students will accomplish challenging post-secondary work/force goals and become productive, creative citizens capable of succeeding in their area of strength.
Ensure gifted student growth and achievement through systems of support, programming and advocacy.Definition of Gifted and Talented
"Gifted and talented children" means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services.
Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice-exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations. Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combinations of these areas of giftedness:
- General or specific intellectual ability
- Specific academic aptitude
- Creative or productive thinking
- Leadership abilities
- Visual arts, performing arts, musical or psychomotor abilitiesLink to House Bill 14-11012: Concerning gifted education programs in public schoolsLink to CDE Office of Gifted and Talented Education