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State Policies in Colorado  

State policy specifically permits acceleration.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergarten

State policy specifically permits early entrance to kindergarten for students who are "four years of age and for whom early access to kindergarten is deemed appropriate by the administrative unit". click here for Early Access Plan information.

Early entrance to 1st gradeState policy specifically permits early entrance to first grade for students who are "five years of age and for whom early access to first grade is deemed appropriate by the administrative unit".  click here for Early Access Plan information.
Whole-grade accelerationColorado's Advanced Learning Plan Guide (available for download here, at the first bullet point under the Reference Series heading) recommends several grade-based forms of acceleration.
Early high school graduationNo state policy; up to LEA to determine. The Colorado Dept. of Education website offers more information on Graduation Guidlines 
Early entrance to collegeThe University of Denver offers Early Experience, an early entrance program for students in grades ten through twelve.

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or university

State policy specifically permits for grades 9 through 12. See C.R.S. 22-35-104 for more information.

Juniors and seniors may be eligible for post-secondary enrollment options. See C.R.S. 22-35-104 for more information.

Early College High Schools is an option that is available.

Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

State policy leaves LEA to determine whether and to what extent dual enrollment in middle and high school is permitted.
Advanced Placement®

Advanced Placement is an option for gifted students in Colorado. Section 12.02(1)(d) of Colorado's ECEA Rules discusses gifted education programming considerations pursuant to the administration of the Exceptional Children's Educational Act. In this document, Advanced Placement is not a direct requirement, but pre-advanced placement support is discussed. In Colorado's Gifted Education Review (C-GER), a criterion for program evaluation concerns the pathways to accessing Advanced Placement.

Advanced Placement reports from past years can be downloaded from the Colorado Dept. of Education website.

Talent SearchThe Center for Bright Kids offers Western Academic Talent Search, along with academic year, summer, and scholarship programs for gifted students.
Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

State policy specifically permits proficiency-based promotion, but leaves LEA to determine whether credit toward graduation is awarded. The state suggests the use of standardized tests, performance, and selected competency-based assessments, but each LEA determines their specific methods. After students demonstrate proficiency, the state suggests several advancement options, including dual/concurrent enrollment, cross-grade grouping, grade/course advancement, individualized education programs, and internships, but the final decisions are left to the LEA.
Other forms of content-based acceleration

Typically left to LEAs to determine. If you know of state-level code, please e-mail us.

Additional Information

Colorado Department of Education - Gifted
Colorado Department of Education
Colorado Association for Gifted & Talented

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2018-2019 (a report by the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children), Websites, professional literature, and personal communication. The Acceleration Institute has not verified the accuracy of this information and does not warrant its accuracy or fitness of use for any purpose. Users should verify information prior to taking any action. Furthermore, the appearance of selected programs and/or resources does not imply an endorsement or affiliation. Programs and resources are highlighted for informational purposes only.