Colorado State Identification Guidelines
The Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) defines “identification” as: The assessment process used by the AU [DPS] for identifying students who meet the definition for identifying the educational needs of gifted students.
The gifted and talented identification process offers multiple opportunities and pathways for student identification in the following areas:
- specific academic aptitude (reading, writing math, science, social studies, and world language)
- specific talent aptitude (visual or performing arts, musical, dance or psychomotor abilities, creative or productive thinking and/or leadership abilities)
- general or specific intellectual ability
Per state law, all gifted identification must be based on a body of evidence, which must include standardized assessments. The development of a body of evidence is an ongoing, thoughtful process and may take time to gather the three qualifying pieces of data.
Click here for a Brief Identification Overview