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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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View New ICAP Tools
Launched at the ICAP Summit, new Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) implementation tools are now available including a toolkit, promising practices and more.  
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School and District Performance Award Winners
CDE honored schools and districts that earned acclaim in ten award categories, including Districts Accredited with Distinction, Centers of Excellence schools and others.
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Standards and Assessment Task Force
The Task Force was established through HB 1202 to study the implications of the statewide assessment system for school districts, public schools, educators, and students. 
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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.
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