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Every student reads by the end of third grade.

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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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News & Events

Twitter Chat on Health and Wellness (#edcolochat)
Join us for an engaging discussion on Health and Wellness on Wednesday, May 20 at 7 p.m. 
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Education Commissioner Announces Retirement
Education Commissioner Robert Hammond today announced he will retire effective July 1.  
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Congratulations to Colorado’s 2015 Green Ribbon Schools
Red Hawk Elementary was selected as one of 58 schools nationwide to receive the Green Ribbon Schools award and Colorado State University was one of only nine institutions of higher education to be honored.
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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.
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CDE supports districts with implementation of policy and programs designed to prepare students for success in college and careers.
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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.
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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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CDE Hours
Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See also: Licensing Hours

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