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Implement the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards

Implement the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards

During the Spring of 2018, the State Board of Education approved revisions to the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS), as required by statute. This approval completed the first four phases of the standards review and revision timeline, moving Colorado into the final two phases ending in full implementation of the CAS. CDE's Office of Standards and Instructional Support is committed to supporting districts to take full advantage of the two-year transition period to the revised CAS, with appropriate and meaningful attention given to curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning, communications, and alignment of local policies and practices. CDE's support will include both online and in-person components with materials designed specifically for local school and district leaders to use with their teachers and staff.

Timeline from 2016 through 2018 depicting the 6 phases for standards review and revision

Standards Update Session at the Summer Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) Annual Leadership Conference

Attendees at the recent CASE conference that visited the standards team session learned about CDE's support to transition to the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards. Presenters were Karol Gates, Director of Standards and Instructional Support; Floyd Cobb, Executive Director of the Teaching and Learning Unit; and Joanie Funderburk, chair of the mathematics standards review and revision committee. Here are the CASE presentation details:

Session Title: Transition Planning for the Revised Colorado Academic Standards
Session Description: In 2008, the Colorado legislature passed Senate Bill 08-212, Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K), which initiated the creation of the Colorado Academic Standards. CAP4K has a provision that requires the regular review and revision of the standards. The first review and revision cycle concluded before July 1, 2018, and will repeat every six years thereafter. In this session, participants will learn about the outcomes of this two-year process, including the approved standards in all subjects, when the final standards will be available, the new online standards system and the standards implementation process, as well as the timeline, tools and resources that are on the horizon. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share recommendations on how the standards and instructional support team can assist in their transition needs. Representatives from CDE’s Standards and Instructional Support Team and Committee Chair teams will present and participate with attendees.
Session Date: Thursday, July 26
Session Time: 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Session materials are available on the CASE conference app for all attendees.

August Launch

Final versions of the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards for all 8 sets of standards representing 16 content areas will be available on the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards page in August. These versions will include copy edits and amendments introduced by the State Board during the approval process. Also in August, we will publish additional details about how CDE will support CAS implementation over the two-year phase of district transition.

Phase 5 Schedule of Support

  • Thursday, July 26, 1:45 pm: CASE conference presentation
  • August: Launch of 2020 CAS online and district leader guide to facilitating CAS implementation
  • September: Orientation to the 2020 CAS and online resources
  • October: Understanding the structure of the 2020 CAS documents
  • November: Understanding the Colorado Essential Skills
  • January-June: Topics to include how to evaluate curriculum and curriculum materials
  • July-December: Topics to include instruction and alignment to standards and curriculum
  • January-June: Topics to include assessment of instruction
  • July-December: Topics to include adjusting curriculum and instruction based on evidence

Spring 2021: 

  • January-June: CMAS updated

Phase 6: Alignment to Colorado Measures of Academic Success

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments will be reviewed for their alignment to the revised standards and any needed adjustments will be made accordingly with inclusion in the scored assessments expected no earlier than 2020-21.

Approaches to assessment revisions may differ across the content areas and/or grades depending on the level of modification required.

Any needed revisions to CoAlt are anticipated to be reflected on the same schedule as CMAS.

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