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About the Colorado Department of Education

Through setting a clear vision for increasing student performance, CDE continually supports the advancement and improvement of the state’s education system to prepare all learners for success in a rapidly changing global workplace.

We have clear goals related to student achievement, educator effectiveness and school/district performance – all aimed at preparing students for success after high school.

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Attend a Public Meeting on Student Data Privacy and Security on July 14
CDE is working to strengthen data privacy protections in its third-party vendor contracts involving students' personally identifiable information. Please attend this public meeting to learn about the proposed policies and provide your input.
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2015 Legislative Assessment and Accountability Changes
View a summary and next steps for implementing HB 15-1323, concerning assessments in public schools and SB 15-56, concerning reducing the frequency of social studies testing.
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Colorado’s PARCC Tests Will be Shorter, Easier to Administer
The PARCC Governing Board voted to reduce total test time for the English language arts and math tests by about 90 minutes for each grade beginning in the 2015-16 school year and to consolidate the two testing windows into one window near the end of the school year.
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Supporting Learning

CDE uses data to analyze student performance and inform educational improvements at the policy, state board and classroom level.

CDE supports districts with implementation of policy and programs designed to prepare students for success in college and careers.

CDE continuously improves Colorado’s education system to provide students with the future skills and essential knowledge needed for success in a globally competitive world.

CDE informs and advances education policies aimed at supporting educators and providing an exceptional education for all students.

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Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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