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Work Group 2017

The Colorado State Board of Education approved the Graduation Guidelines menu of options in September 2015.  At that time, the board asked CDE “to convene a group of parents, K-12 educators, post-secondary educators and industry representatives in 18 months to determine whether other additions to the menu should be considered by the board who years from now, and that such a process be repeated every 2 years after.”  The Assessment Work Group reconvened in January 2017.

Work Group Objectives

  • Complete the career and college demonstrations chart outlining the competencies a student must meet or exceed before graduating high school
  • Provide guidance to CDE and the State Board of Education about what assessments should be included in the menu of measures the districts could use to determine that graduating students are postsecondary and workforce ready
  • Identify opportunities, challenges, and best/promising practices
  • Develop implementation recommendations
  • Explore and outline resources and tools
  • Align skills, abilities, and knowledge that are valued by business, industry, and higher education
  • Outline systematic pathways for students to explore and develop these skills
  • Identify stakeholder connections and messages
  • Maintain a written record of implementation recommendations, tools, and resources best/promising practices, and relevant discussions.

Work Group Members 2017

  • Elliott Asp, Consultant, Facilitator
  • Erika Anderson, Associated General Contractors of Colorado
  • Mike Bowers, Lone Star Schools
  • Lulu Buck, CDE, Language Content Specialist
  • Kim Caplan, Colorado Charter School Institute
  • Jane Chapman Vigil, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Floyd Cobb, Cherry Creek Schools
  • Tracy Diel, Denver Public Schools
  • Jonathan Dings, Boulder Valley School District
  • Mary Kay Dore, Summit County Schools
  • Stephani Duke, Adams County Workforce & Business Center
  • Scott Fast, Consultant, Business and Workforce
  • Fred Franko, Colorado Department of Labor
  • Sarah Heath, Colorado Community College System

  • Ian MacGillivray, Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Barry Martin, Colorado School of Mines
  • Michelle Murphy, Colorado Rural Alliance
  • Gerry Olvy, District 11
  • Susan Ortner, Holyoke Schools
  • Brad Ray, Garfield 16
  • Holly Sample, University Schools
  • Chris Selle, Meeker School District
  • Joe Southcott, Pikes Peak Community College
  • Patti Turner, Littleton Public Schools
  • Robert Williams, Greeley/Evans School District
  • Catherine Wilson, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Dave Young, Colorado House District 50

Work Group Timeline 

  • 1st Meeting: January 26, 2017
  • 2nd Meeting: March 2, 2017
  • 3rd Meeting: April 27, 2017
  • 4th Meeting: June 7, 2017

Meeting Resources

January 26, 2017
March 2, 2017
April 27, 2017
June 7, 2017

Archives of Assessment Work Group Meetings 2014-15