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Elements of the Gifted Program Plan

The Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) is Colorado's primary law with requirements for the implementation of specific elements and procedures for gifted education. The State Board of Education is responsible for promulgating rules that local districts use to follow Colorado education laws. Administrative Units (AUs) oversee and provide educational services to gifted students and professional development opportunities for educators. AU is defined as a school district, a board of cooperative services (BOCES), or the state Charter School Institute.

The elements below guide the AU Gifted Education Director/Coordinator in developing provisions for the implementation of the gifted program plan.

Click the links below to access information for each of the ECEA program elements.

*Legislation allows AUs to determine if Early Access is provided as a gifted programming option.


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A Message from Rebecca McKinney, Ed.D., Director

USQP Grant

I have heard concern regarding requirements for USQP grant funding connected to UIP expectations. I would like to clarify that the UIP serves as a foundational element for the grant, but should not interfere with eligibility to apply for USQP grant funds.

Additional information about this process will be released with the grant application. Should you have any additional questions prior to the release, please feel free to reach out.

UIP Support

If you or your district staff have questions about meeting your gifted expectations through the UIP, please reach out to:

Rebecca McKinney, mckinney_r@cde.state.co.us; 303-866-6652 or
Erin Loften loften_e@cde.state.co.us; 303-866-6642, from the School Improvement and Planning Office.


Note: If you are not able to access the resources or need additional support, please contact the Office of Gifted Education Gifted Program Administrator