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Office of Gifted and Talented Education

Welcome to the gifted and talented education section of the CDE website.  We hope that at this site, you will find answers to many of your questions and the support you need for working with highly-able students.  The Office of Gifted Education is one of three offices under the Exceptional Student Services Unit (along with the Office of Special Education and the Office of Facility Schools).

About Gifted and Talented Education

"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 combination 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 abilities.


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.

Proposed ECEA Rule Amendments

The Colorado Department of Education is recommending changes to the Rules for the Administration of the Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA). The proposed changes to the Rules include amendments required by Colorado House Bill 14-1208 which amends the definition of administrative unit to include “multi-district administrative unit”; amendments which replace expired rules related to temporary educator eligibility authorization; and, amendments required by House Bill 14-1102 related to gifted education. A draft of the proposed amendments can be found here: ECEA Rules proposed amenments 2015 (Revised 03/04/2015)

A Crosswalk that provides a visual matrix for the reference and understanding of rule provisions authorized in law can be found here:

The State Board of Education will hold a Rulemaking Hearing on the proposed changes:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

State Board Room
Colorado Department of Education
201 E. Colfax, Denver Colorado 80203

Any interested persons may provide oral testimony at the hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the Office of the Colorado State Board of Education by end of business day Friday, February 27, 2015 by e-mail to or at the following address:

Office of the Colorado State Board of Education
201 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203

What's New

GRANT OPPORTUNITY - Gifted Education Universal Screening and Qualified Personnel Grant Information and Application - CLOSED 4/17/15

Meeting Handouts - Gifted Education Directors' Meeting Documents - March 5 and 6, 2015

Fact Sheet - House Bill 14-1102: Concerning gifted education programs in public schools (PDF)


Gifted Education Listserv

Colo-GT provides local, regional, state and national information and discussion for Colorado educators and other interested persons concerning gifted and talented student education, and is sponsored by CDE. If your email address has changed please contact Tara Rolfe, to update.

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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