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Comprehensive Program Plan

Comprehensive Program Plan Overview


Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) Rules defines "program plan" as:

12.01(25) A comprehensive and complete narrative of program elements, including, but need not be limited to:

  • Procedures and criteria the AU will use for identification;
  • Programming options for each category of giftedness that the AU will implement in the gifted program; and
  • Actions and tools for the academic achievement of gifted children, and for evaluating the gifted program, which actions and tools are aligned with state accountability and program evaluations.

Program Elements are defined as:

2.01(24)  Components of a comprehensive program plan, which include, but need not be limited to, definition, communication, identification, programming, personnel, accountability, reporting, record keeping, and resolution of disagreements.

Comprehensive Program Plan Description

The Comprehensive Program Plan (CPP) is a concisely written description of the policies and procedures by which an administrative unit (AU) identifies and programs for gifted student education.  The development of an AU’s Comprehensive Program Plan (CPP) demonstrates commitment to identify and serve gifted students and their families in ways that fit with local district resources, data analysis and priorities. The program plan shall be implemented by all constituent schools and districts of the AU.  The elements that must be addressed in a CPP are based upon Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) statute and criteria established by Rules promulgated by the State Board of Education and any criteria for accreditation (22-20-104.5).  Rules support national standards and best practices in gifted education. 

The CPP describes the AU’s implementation of key requirements outlined in ECEA Rules. This plan is informed by the AU’s self-evaluation, stakeholder input and gifted student data.  The plan template is located in the Data Management System (DMS).  Completed plans are transparent documents, accessible to stakeholders on the Colorado Department of Education Office of Gifted Education website.

Plans may be updated and revised on the DMS at any time during the three to five-year monitoring cycle and after the completion of the CGER process to address targeted areas for improvement.  After plans are revised in DMS, the AU Gifted Coordinator/Director contacts the Office of Gifted Education Program Administrator to request the updated plan is posted on the CDE website. 

Resources to support the Comprehensive Program Plan development

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