Advanced Learning Plans
The Advanced Learning Plan (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. An ALP shall be developed for every gifted student according to the student’s determined area(s) of giftedness, interests, and instructional and affective needs. 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.
Procedures and Responsibilities
A standards-aligned approach to developing an ALP incorporates standards-aligned education and best practices in gifted instruction. This approach identifies the appropriate standards, at or above grade level, to challenge a gifted student, and provides opportunities to show application and transfer of those standards.
- A standards-aligned ALP is a process and a document that is informed by and based upon Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) and National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) affective standards.
- The ALP is a collaborative effort between parent(s)/guardian(s), the student and school personnel. Parent and student participation in the ALP process is specified in the ECEA Regulations [12.02(2)(f)(v)].
- Teacher(s) and other school personnel directly responsible for instruction or program delivery develop ALP goals in collaboration with gifted personnel at an end-of-year review or within the first month of the beginning of a school year.
- ALPs are written within 45 school days of a new identification, or within the first quarter of school for returning GT students in elementary. In secondary schools, plans will be part of the student’s ICAP and should be written within the first quarter of school for returning GT students.
- Plans are developed and reviewed yearly. Routine progress monitoring reports about student goals are documented in January and May in the Student Profile: Section II D Progress Monitoring.
- Elementary Advanced Learning Plans are written and stored in Alpine Achievement. Secondary plans will be part of the student’s ICAP and stored in Naviance. Copies are available to school personnel electronically and paper or electronic copies can be sent home with students.