Gifted and Talented
The BVSD Gifted and Talented program strives to develop our children’s greatest abilities and make possible the discovery and pursuit of their dreams which, when fulfilled, will benefit us all. We provide a comprehensive and innovative approach to education and graduate successful, curious, lifelong learners who confidently confront the great challenges of their time.
- What does it mean to be gifted?
- How are gifted students identified?
- What is early access?
- What is an Advanced Learning Plan?
- What supports are given to gifted students in the classroom?
- Parent Handbook
- Parent Resources
The Exceptional Children's Educational 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. 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)
Students are identified using multiple criteria. Referrals are accepted from teachers, parents and students. In BVSD, we follow the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) GT Identification guidelines in making our identification decisions.
If you are interested in nominating a student for GT identification please contact the GT Advisor at your school.
Testing and nomination windows
In order for schools to accomplish testing and identification, there are set testing windows in which gifted nomination and testing takes place. Testing does not take place outside of the windows.
Testing window all schools: Mid October to December and Mid February to April
To meet the needs of highly advanced children who have not yet entered kindergarten or first grade, BVSD may grant early entrance to school, for highly advanced gifted children, with a body of evidence at or above the 97th percentile. Children who qualify for early access are exceptionally precocious and ready for school earlier than their same-age peers. Academic achievement, reasoning ability, performance and motivation are keen compared to other gifted children.
This process is not for typical children who miss the October 1 Kindergarten/First Grade entrance date.
Colorado regulations [CRS 22-20-204(2)] define that a 4-year old or 5-year old child who is “highly advanced gifted child” may be eligible for early access for kindergarten or first grade, respectively. The child is academically gifted, socially and emotionally mature and in the top 3 percent or less of the gifted population.
Early Access age requirements:
The student must reach the age of four by October 1 for kindergarten.
The student must reach the age of five by October 1 for grade one. (Please add)
Once a student is identified as gifted, the student, family, and staff put together an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP). An 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. Sections 12.02(2)(f) – 12.02(2)(g)(vi) of the Rules clarify ALP content, procedures and responsibilities. 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.
Resources for Advanced Learning Plans (CDE):
Programming for the individual student matches the strengths and interests of the students. Programming includes the components and strategies that are implemented to appropriately address the academic and affective needs of gifted students. An Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) is developed annually for each student defining the programming options the student will receive to support academic and affective goal attainment.
In BVSD programming is meant to:
Match the student’s strength area(s) and interests
Align to student’s data and ALP goals
Support methods of differentiated instruction
Provide affective and guidance support
Provide diverse content options in areas of strength
Provide concurrent enrollment options if indicated in ALP or ICAP (high school Individual Career and Academic Plan)
Support the collaborative development of the ALP
Provide a problem solving process when a gifted student is underachieving
Resources for Programming (Colorado Department of Education):
Helping Your Gifted Child Succeed (NAGC publication)
Helping Your Gifted Child Succeed (Spanish)
Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented (BVGT) (A CAGT affiliate organization)
Boulder Gifted Parent Support (GPS) (Holds monthly game nights)
Hoagies' Gifted Page (Gifted online community and support)
Mathematics Learning: A Journey, Not a Sprint by Matthew Larson
Gifted and Talented Coordinator