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Advanced Learning Plan (ALP)

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See Updated ALP Guidance for 2023 under the Resources Tab

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Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) defines "Advanced Learning Plan" as:

A written record of a gifted student's strengths, academic and affective learning goals and the resulting programming utilized with each gifted child and considered in educational planning and decision making.  12.01(2)


The Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) is a legal document [22-20-R-12.00,C.R.S.] outlining programming for identified gifted students and is used as a guide for educational planning and decision-making. The Exceptional Children’s Educational Act(ECEA) states that there will be ALP content and procedures set in Rule for statewide implementation; and that goals in the ALP are standards-based.

For high school students, the ALP may be blended with an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) if all contents of the ALP are inclusive in the ICAP, including achievement and affective goals.

An ALP shall be developed for every gifted student according to the student’s determined area(s) of giftedness, interests, and instructional, and affective needs.


While ECEA Rules require certain content to be included in an ALP, Colorado does not have a required state ALP.

The ALP shall include but not be limited to: [12.02(2)(f)]:

  • Student profile described in a body of evidence
  • Student interests
  • Annual, measurable, attainable academic and affective goals and progress
  • Achievement goals are standards-based statements in strength area(s)
  • Affective goals reflect the development of personal, social, communication, leadership, and/or cultural competency
  • Description or delineation of supplemental curriculum, activities, specific programs or coursework, specific strategies, and/or extended or expanded learning opportunities available in the AU that match a student’s strength area(s) and support the goals
  • Progress reports
  • Personnel involved with ALP development


Procedures and Responsibilities

The AU shall have procedures for developing ALPs that include, but need not be limited to: [12.02(2)(g)]

  • Notification of ALP development and times in the school year when parents, teachers and the student talk about student academic and affective goal progress
  • A method to develop student awareness and active participation in the ALP process
  • A process for management and transfer of ALPs within the cumulative file system
  • An ALP progress reporting timeline
  • A system to show evidence of parent engagement and input in ALP development and in the review of progress

Resources for ALPs

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