The Exceptional Children’s Education Act (ECEA) requires all public schools in Colorado to identify and serve gifted students between the ages of four and twenty-one.

Early Access

ECEA defines Early Access as early entrance to kindergarten at age 4 or early entrance to first grade at age 5 for highly advanced gifted children who are placed in a grade level above other same aged peers based upon the following conditions:

  • the student is formally identified as gifted; and
  • the student meets requirements for accelerated placement as determined in an auditable body of evidence (e.g., achievement, ability, social-emotional factors, school learning skills, developmental characteristics, and family and school support).


Talent Identification

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