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Gifted Education Monitoring (GEM)

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Gifted Education Monitoring (GEM) is a collaborative process that is the shared responsibility of administrative units (AUs), Colorado Department of Education (CDE), and the Gifted Education Regional Consultant (GERC). 

The purpose of this partnership is to increase the capacity of educators and educational systems to identify, program, and be accountable for gifted student achievement and growth.

The Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) defines the processes and procedures for monitoring. 

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The foundational purpose of GEM is for AUs to evaluate their gifted program plan to determine levels of implementation for each of the primary elements of Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) Rules.  The information obtained from the AU's self-evaluation identifies priority improvements for compliance and continued program growth and development.

The implementation of the key requirements outlined in ECEA Rules ensure the academic and affective needs of gifted students are addressed and a program plan is developed that leads to gifted students’ achievement and growth.

GEM Process

During the 2019-2020 school year, CDE will be soliciting input from administrative units for the purpose of revising and enhancing the gifted education monitoring process.

New information about the revised process will be posted summer 2020.

Resources for GEM

Conducting an AU Program Evaluation

Other Resources

  • GEM Calendar

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