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Standards and Instructional Support


The Office of Standards and Instructional Support consists of content specialists with expertise in the 10 content areas within the Colorado Academic Standards. This team is committed to supporting education professionals across the state in implementing the Colorado Academic Standards for student success.The team provides guidance and expertise through technical assistance, both internally and externally, related to standards implementation and instructional support. As part of our continuing efforts to provide Colorado educators with support tools for the implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS), these webpages pages are intended to be user-friendly and easy to navigate. The navigation buttons on the left hand side of this page provide access to standards, standards-based projects, and to individual content-specific standards support.

Each of the content-specific pages (dedicated to the implementation of all ten areas of the Colorado Academic Standards) has unique instructional resources, professional development opportunities, and connections to community partners across Colorado.

Keep checking these webpages as we explore options for increasing their supportive capacity and as we seek more opportunities for the co-creation of standards-based resources with Colorado’s educators.


NEW Announcements

CDE Seeks Public Opinions of the Colorado Academic Standards

CDE invites educators, educational leaders, parents, students and the general public to share their perceptions of the Colorado Academic Standards through an online survey available through Nov. 13. Participate in the Colorado Academic Standards perception survey.

The results of the survey will inform the department’s planning for the upcoming review and revision of the standards, required by Senate Bill 08-212, known as Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K). The law requires a review and revision of the CAS on or before July 1, 2018 and every six years thereafter.

In addition to the survey on general perceptions of the standards, CDE will launch an online feedback system in November which will enable all Coloradoans to provide specific feedback on every expectation within the 10 content areas included in the Colorado Academic Standards.

In early 2017, CDE will provide comprehensive information about the timeline and phases of the standards review and revision process as well as information about how to become involved.

View information about the survey and online standards feedback system. General questions and comments about the review and revision process can be sent to

Standards Revision Cycle

SB 08-212, Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K), has a provision that requires the regular review and revision of the Colorado Academic Standards. The first review and revision cycle is set to conclude on or before July 1, 2018 and every six years thereafter.

CAP4K initiated the development of the Colorado Academic Standards which were adopted in 2009 and 2010. This comprehensive development process produced a set of entirely new standards in all ten content areas (comprehensive health and physical education; dance, drama and theater arts; mathematics; music; reading, writing and communicating; science; social studies; visual arts; and world languages,) and English Language Proficiency.

The department is currently developing a strategic plan to guide implementation of this provision of CAP4K along with other major plans and implementation efforts underway (e.g. ESSA state plan, graduation guidelines, adjustments to the state assessment system) in order to ensure that all of the connections among the work are coherently addressed. CDE will share an outline of the timeline and phases of the standards review and revision process in the fall of 2016 in conjunction with this larger strategic plan. All updates will be available via announcement links on the main standards and instruction webpage as well as shared through all CDE communication outlets.

Important Note:

  • In 2010, the Colorado legislature shifted some implementation timelines within CAP4K. One of the changes moved the first state review and revision of standards to occur by July 2018 instead of July 2015. As CDE conducted a review of CAP4K, staff noticed that a respective shift in the district implementation timeline was not made. Currently, CAP4K indicates that by July 2017 districts should conduct their review and revision of their local standards in light of revisions of the state standards. CDE believes this is an oversight and will be working with the legislature on a technical fix in the 2017 legislative session. CDE will recommend that the legislature amend the date for districts to review and revise their standards to July 2019. CDE will not require nor would it recommend that districts conduct their standards review and revision process in July 2017.

Computer Science Standards Input Meeting

During the 2016 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 16-1198 requiring CDE to develop academic standards for computer science for secondary students. The new law allows districts to elect to adopt these standards for their high school students. These voluntary, secondary computer science standards must be adopted by the State Board of Education by July 2018, and CDE is hosting three stakeholder meetings in October and November to engage a broad array of stakeholders to inform the development process. Participants will receive information about the legislative requirements for the computer science standards and have the opportunity to provide input on the computer science development process.

Interested parties from school district leadership, educators (computer science, technology, mathematics, science educators, career and technical education, teacher librarian), institutions of higher education, business, parents, workforce development, information technology associations, and certificate programs are encouraged to participate.

The meetings will be held in the following cities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the dates listed, and lunch will be provided. As individuals register, specific meeting locations will be provided.

  • Monday, October 31: Pueblo
  • Monday, November 14: Denver
  • Thursday, November 17: Grand Junction

The department will also host a webinar on Monday, November 28 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. for those unable to participate in a face-to-face meeting. A recording of the webinar will be made available on the CDE Standards webpage.

Register for a computer science standards input meeting

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