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The Exceptional Children's Education Act (ECEA) defines "gifted" children as:
Those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted children are hereafter referred to as gifted students. 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, ethnic, and 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 12.01(16)
ECEA defines "identification" as:
The assessment process used by the AU for identifying students who meet the definition specified in section 12.01(16) and for identifying the educational needs of gifted students. 12.02(2)(c)
ECEA Areas of Gifted Identification: (12.01(16)(a-e)
The links below provide information on the multiple pathways to identification.
The Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) requires all administrative units (AUs) in Colorado to identify and serve students between the ages of five and twenty-one, and age four in administrative units with Early Access, whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs.
Administrative units include: school districts, Charter School Institute (CSI), multi-district administrative units and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).
ECEA Rules state a student's "state-approved" identification in one or more categories of giftedness transfers to any district in the state. This is defined as "portability."
Identification Guidance Document
Identification Professional Development Webinars
Gifted Education Data
- 2018-19 Colorado Gifted Education Demographic Data (PDF)
- 2018-19 Colorado Gifted Education Demographic Summary (PDF)
- 2019-2020 Colorado Gifted Education Demographic Data (PDF)
Note: If you are not able to access the resources or need additional support, please contact the Office of Gifted Education Gifted Program Administrator.