Gifted and Talented Education

“Gifted and talented children” means those persons between the ages of five and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs.

Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice-exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, 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.

Gifted Education Handbook

Staff Contact Information

Director, Marcy Palmer

Member District GT Coordinators:

Cripple Creek-Victor School District – Candis Mowery

Manitou Springs School District – Patricia Urban

Woodland Park School District – Tina Cassens (Secondary), Linda Murray (Elementary)



Identification Process

 All students in the member districts are universally screened for their cognitive abilities at the elementary level and 6th grade.

 Students may be referred for gifted identification through multiple sources.  A building team will determine eligibility based on a body of evidence including four pieces from the following:

  • 130 on a Nationally normed individually or group administered     cognitive abilities test.
  • Exceptional ratings on parent and/or teacher rating scales
  • 95th % on a Nationally normed Achievement test, individual categories such as Reading, Language, Science, or Mathematics
  • 84th % on SAGES – score normed to gifted population
  • Scoring two grade levels above on district or building administered content area assessments
  • Advanced range on state assessments
  • A Portfolio of work demonstrating outstanding achievement
  • Exceptional ratings on standardized observation method (eg. Kingore)

 Our member districts offer numerous opportunities for students in the visual and performing arts.  Students with exceptional abilities in these areas will be addressed individually.

An Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) will be collaboratively developed for each student who is identified as gifted.


Dispute Resolution

If you have concerns about your son or daughters gifted services, contact your District GT Coordinator.  If concerns are not then resolved the District GT Coordinator will contact the District Superintendent and BOCES Director to hear the dispute.  Final written resolutions will be provided by the school district.


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