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Colorado Academic Standards: All Students, All Standards

The Essential Skills Guidance Resource document was developed by a cross-unit team of specialists at CDE to provide guidance for the standards review and revision process by aligning state initiatives that span a continuum from school readiness to post-secondary and workforce readiness. The general idea of the guiding principles is to clearly articulate what the essential skills are in statute and to help educators consider many ways elements of these skills could manifest beginning in early childhood through post-secondary pursuits. Developmentally appropriate support for these skills should occur in all subject areas. Understanding the importance of these skills is the first step in achieving life-long success for all students.

Diagram depicting a set of disconnected circles on the left showing differing ideas with arrows pointing to a full circle to demonstrate alignment.

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