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Talent Identification Toolkit

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Resources for Identification in the Talent Areas

The following resources have been developed by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to support and guide administrative units (AUs) with the identification of students in the talent areas.

AUs may choose to use these resources or other research-based talent assessment tools. 

The CDE confidential assessment protocols for dance, music, performing and visual arts must be requested by the AU Gifted Education Director/Coordinator.  The AU completes the form below and submits the signed form to The Office of Gifted Education.  Upon receipt, the Office of Gifted Education will provide the confidential assessments to the AU Gifted Coordinator/Director.  

If you are the Gifted Director of Record and would like tools on recognizing characteristics, group observation forms, or individual referral forms for any of the arts areas (dance, performing arts, music, or visual arts) please click on the the AU Request below.

For those who are not the Gifted Director of Record but would like information about identification in the talent areas, reach out to your local district to learn about their processes.

AU Request for Confidential Talent Assessment Protocols

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