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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

Attend the Family and School Partnership in Education Month Kick-Off Event
Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed October to be Family and School Partnership in Education Month. CDE and the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education are hosting a kick-off event on October 1 to celebrate. All are welcome!
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Take the GED Ready Practice Test for Free
Through Oct. 3, the GED Ready practice test is available for FREE at local GED preparation programs. The GED Ready shows potential testers if they are ready to pass the official GED test and provides other information to help testers succeed.
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New 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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