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Graduation Guidelines Work Groups

Students earning a high school diploma need to be prepared for the expectations facing them the day after graduation: proceeding to college-level classes, entering military career training or earning a self-supporting salary without need for retraining or remediation.

Colorado’s Graduation Guidelines were adopted by the State Board of Education in May 2013 in support of this goal. This begins the seven-year implementation period and conversation around graduation guidelines as well as next steps in supporting districts in this work.

Next Steps

  • During the 2013-14 academic year districts are encouraged to review the state board approved graduation guidelines and consider adopting local graduation requirements that meet or exceed them. 
  • CDE will convene seven work groups to inform the implementation of graduation guidelines. It is anticipated that these work groups will begin in fall 2013 and most will conclude in summer 2014.

Initial Work Groups


 To learn more about graduation guidelines or the work groups e-mail Misti Ruthven

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